My body aches. I started the project yesterday and continued today; the family potagère, our kitchen garden. We have a walled section of garden just to the side and I thought it would be perfect for one, especially as I intend to focus on healthy eating this year. So, with the kiddos off school and little point in my starting internal projects, I thought this would be the perfect way to keep them occupied.
The day was crisp, but not overly cold, as I set to work lobbing branches from an evergreen that dominated the space. I’m afraid I can only show you pictures of the site once I’d started, as I was so eager to get going, but believe me just cutting of as much as I had made an enormous difference to the space and light. It now awaits my husband to get going with the chain saw on the weekend.
When he’s does there will be a tree stump as well as another previous one. As I won’t really be able to plant on this patch I’m hoping to put a chicken coop there one day – though that’s a dream at the moment.
Along the side wall had been a row of Hydrangea – I’ve managed to remove four, replanting one at the side fence (though I don’t know if it will stay there). All the back fence and side wall already have Hydrangea so I don’t feel it’s a loss to remove the others completely.
The area is surrounded in the main by walls as well as some open flower beds. The wall diving it from the rest of the garden is ancient and used to go to the main house. As sections of it have been removed the stones have been used to edge flower beds and created little walls throughout. There’s also a large pile of them next to our neighbours back wall.
When I started to research potegères there was some lovely examples of raised beds with stone edging. As I wanted raised beds this seemed like a good idea for ours.
I’ve made a preliminary plan for the layout based on the little research I’ve done; what to plant and how, bed rotation and sunlight availability and I’ve used this to start to mark put where the beds and paths are going to be. However I’m going to do some more research on other things like companion plants. I’ll write more on this later.
In the meantime it’s turning out to be a challenging, but hopefully rewarding, project for us as a family. The girls certainly like helping, for short periods of time anyway 😉.