Potager, a French word that defines a decorative kitchen plot. Potager gardens are also called “kitchen gardens.” Potager gardens are filled with palatable vegetation, aromatic plants, and tubers. The objective of a potager garden is to enrich the backyard’s exquisiteness and also to provide food.
Here are the steps for your potager garden.
Step 1 – Design Your Garden
Define the scope of your potager garden with the vacant space in your backyard. Bear in mind that vegetables need full sunlight for about six to eight hours, hence, find a space that receives full sunlight.
Before deciding the number of pillars and boards, check your garden size. You can also purchase preassembled boards which are usually 8-feet wide and adjust accordingly.
Step 2 – Prepare Your Spot
Clean thoroughly the spot and clear it from weeds, unwanted grasses and debris. A flat shovel for scraping is good for this task. For cases that the ground is compact, smoothen it with a rake.
Step 3 – Fix Your Poles
Poles are the strong support for your barriers. Make use of an excavator for digging holes for the poles. Poles need around eight feet gap towards the center.
Step 4 – Attach Your Fence Panels and Gate
Attach a fence panel with exterior wood screws between each set of posts. The fence panels should be 4 to 6 inches above the ground to prevent the bottoms from rotting.
Step 5 – Install Chicken Wire for Pest Avoidance
Pests are really creepy and they will ruin your edible garden. To avoid them, install chicken wire all over the boards.
Step 6 – Arrange and Prepare Garden Beds
It’s time to arrange and prepare raised garden beds. You may choose a square or a rectangular shape. For an elegant portage garden, leave at least 2 feet walking path in between them. To prevent unwanted weeds on the paths, landscape yard goods must be lined together with mulch toppings. It will prevent growing weeds and your potager garden will really look lovely!
Step 8 – Plant Your Veggies
Now that you’re ready with your poles, raised beds, walking path and chicken wire, it’s time to plant your veggies, fruits and flowers. You can categorize each bed. For spices, you can place them at the center of the garden as they emit aromatic scent which will make your garden more pleasing to visit. Vegetables can be placed in three-four different beds. Common ones are spinach, beans and squash. Fruits on other beds can be tomatoes and cucumbers. For edible flowers, lavender, nasturtium and marigolds will add exquisiteness to your portage garden.
Actually there are no strict rules to follow for a potager garden. Just do the basic steps and create a unique style of potager garden that you can imagine. Also think of common veggies and fruits that you serve to your family as it will be the basis of the plants that you need to grow.