Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The New Potager: The Big Reveal!

I'm so happy to finally share pics of the garden! However, we're not quite finished (always the gardener's lament)! We are still researching what material to use for the "floor."  I'm so glad we did not go with decomposed granite, as it surely would have washed away in the heavy rains we had early in the season. I need a larger stone with more staying power, and will post when we decide and lay it down. Anyhow, here is how it looks today. 

This is the walk from our existing deck to the garden. We used the bluestone from the old patio to make this temporary walkway. We will probably just mulch the sides until we finalize the plans for the new patio. 

There are 11 beds, 8 of them raised. My husband came up with the design which includes trim on top for a more finished look. They are 12 inches tall and the length and width vary. 

We are growing tomatoes, basil, eggplant, herbs, beans, tomatillos, carrots, and beans. 

I was gifted raspberry canes, rhubarb, sage, mint, and Egyptian walking onions by gardening friends (thanks again!). 

Seating, compost, an arbor, and a water source were important to the design. We made the pathways wide enough to accommodate our yard cart, about 2.5 feet wide. 

These photos were taken in early evening after a rain shower, so things usually look a bit sunnier! We are thinking about taking off a large oak limb to allow for more sun, but the garden is producing! I thought we would be overwhelmed with tomatoes by now, but we planted late (I was afraid to plant anything before the fence was installed in mid-June - deer) and the weather hasn't been ideal this year. We're getting lots of kale, lettuce, beans, spinach, and herbs so far, and more kale, chard and squash from the front yard where veggies are incorporated into the perennial beds where I get more sun. 

So tell me, how is your garden doing?