Mon Potager, My Vegetable Garden — 11 Comments

  1. I am green with envy! I have a growing herb garden but, other than a random tomato plant in some years (not this year), I’ve never made the commitment to a vegetable garden. I’m absolutely in awe of the variety of things you are growing!

  2. Wow, that’s a lot (but I’m envious too)!
    I looked over your menus from last summer and figured out what to plant in my square-foot garden. I’ve got one each of Roma-style, big slicer, cherry, and yellow pear tomatoes; eggplant, yellow sweet pepper, shallots, bush pickling cukes; sugar peas; pole fillet beans in yellow and green; bush fillet beans in yellow, green, and purple. A five-lettuce blend that includes red and green romaine, red and green leaf, and butter. Buttercrunch too. Later I’ll have Delicata squash and round French courgettes. For herbs, I have a lot of chives and Genoa basil; lemon thyme, marjoram, sage, French tarragon and rosemary (and my Provence lavender in another location). I’m getting Greek oregano and regular thyme today after the friend who was going to give me starts didn’t do it before she left for vacation for the month.
    And blue pumpkins for the kiddos. 🙂 Because I live in the Midwest, and this is just a 4×4 garden, I didn’t plant any corn! LOL I’m not planning on doing any canning/preserving as we don’t have space to either grow it or save it. I too find that carrots and onions, even organic, are so inexpensive I didn’t want to take the space to grow them.
    I am REALLY looking forward to this summer! Mmmmmmm…

  3. Another envious reader here – I’m especially impressed with the amounts you get to freeze, in addition to eating them then and there! I’m just in the beginning of starting my own vegetable garden. This year everything is still in pots, but next year I should have a proper soil and even a small greenhouse behind my house. It’s cooler up here than it is in France, obviously, so I cannot grow similar plants, but there’s still plenty to take from you. Thanks!

  4. WOW! I knew your garden would be fabulous–but that’s really amazing! I admire you so much, that’s the kind of garden I’d like to have, but our yard is too small. Well, actually, I’d like to make the entire back yard a vegetable garden, but there was a big argument about it and I lost!

  5. I sure wish the weather would allow us to have such a beautiful garden as yours, here in Florida~ can barely grow any decent flowers with all the heat~maybe i’ll just move to France and make a garden like yours~ don’t I wish! you have quite a garden~hopefully it will produce beyond your expectations!

  6. Wow, you are inspiring. I am a beginner, just herbs, strawberries and rasberries, but I’d like to include more vegetables next year.

  7. Lydia, actually, it’s easier than you think – if you learn from my bad experience. My first year here the garden was bigger, I spend about 5 times as many hours and got less produce!
    Trace – your garden sounds fantastic! Well done!
    Pille, our soil is very heavy clay but we’ve been digging in the compost every year so it’s improving. Good luck!
    sher, I’ve had those arguments…try the ‘But you won’t have to mow’ line….
    Jann, I don’t think I could deal with the Florida heat – but you do have good ‘u-pi.jpgck’ there in places, don’t you? Probably in ‘winter’
    Meredith, herbs and berries are a great start! Berries and vanilla yogurt…mmmm

  8. I love your potager Katie. Thank you so much for sharing it. I’m sure I’ll be reading it again for inspiration.

  9. Wow! You are highly organized it seems. Do you freeze all that dill or dry it? My garden is substantially different than yours, probably because of what we have to do because of the heavy clay soils. Yours sounds great!

  10. Thanks Christine, I’ll try to post some photos when it’s looking like a proper garden.
    Pookah, I grow the dill for the sole purpose of dill pickles…we can’t get decent ones here. If there’s any left I dry it. We have heavy clay to, it’s a bear to work with, but all the compost seems to be helping.

  11. Sher, my husband had the same complaints: too small, etc. He has been amazed at how little work this square-foot garden is! We tried gardening in a community garden many years ago, and it was a horrible amount of work we didn’t have the right tools for. This was extremely simple in comparison. Some people will do a 1 x 4 (long, thin space)on a patio. Or a 2′ x 3′ or whatever they have space for.
    We have heavy clay soil, but with this you don’t use the existing soil so it doesn’t matter.
    HTH! And thanks, Katie! I can’t wait to start harvesting things!