Real World Gardener Potager Gardens in Design Elements

December 30th, 2014

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DESIGN ELEMENTS

 with garden designer Lesley Simpson

Create a Potager Garden

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photo M Cannon

The French term potager refers to a home kitchen garden that grows a mixture of annual and perennial fruit, vegetables and culinary herbs.

Potager gardens are meant to supply a household with food.

 

Organic gardeners tend to replace ordered rows (still seen in many European kitchen gardens) with more informal plantings.

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English potager garden photo M. Cannon

By underplanting, interplanting and companion planting not only adds interest to the garden but that this mix improves growing conditions by offering plants shade and protection from hot sun or strong wind.

It also may just discourage or confuse attacking insects while encouraging beneficial insects into the garden.

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