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Create Your Own American Potager

Grow fresh produce just a step away from home in this small, traditional garden.
  • The Potager

    A potager is a French kitchen garden that is packed with a colorful mix of vegetales, fruits, herbs and flowers. As beautiful as it is useful, a potager helps you eat more healthfully because fresh food is just steps from your back door. Herbs offer flavor without calories. Edible flowers sprinkled into salads and soubs give home-prepped meals a fine-restaurant flair. Here are some tips for creating the ultimate (and beautiful) kitchen garden!

    Date Published: May 9, 2018
    Date Updated: August 17, 2018
  • Plant Close to Your House

    Locate the kitchen garden where you can view it from indoors and where you're likely to walk past it every day. You'll be more likely to weed, water, and harvest - and you'll easily see what's ready to pick. 

    Date Published: May 9, 2018
    Date Updated: August 17, 2018
  • Enclose the Garden

    A kitchen garden should be a separate place - an oasis of food, flavor, and fragrance. In some situations, fences or walls might be practical for keeping out animals; in others, hedging or a line of trees simply suggests a sense of enclosure. 

    Date Published: May 9, 2018
    Date Updated: August 17, 2018
  • Incorporate Structure

    Consider adding architectural elements, such as planters that contain clipped boxwood balls or an espaliered fruit tree. A bamboo trellis in the middle of a raised bed not only provides an architectural detail but a leg up for climbing beans, peas, and other vines. In colder climates, the kitchen garden structure will offer beauty during winter when it is covered in snow rather than in peas. 

    Date Published: May 9, 2018
    Date Updated: August 17, 2018
  • Plant Edibles with Ornamentals

    Vegetables and flowers can stand shoulder to shoulder in the garden. You can create beautiful vignettes each season when you plant perennial edibles, such as asparagus, with perennial flowers, such as yarrow. This commonsense planting strategy clusters plants with similar sowing, maintenance, and harvesting needs in the same spot. 

    Date Published: May 9, 2018
    Date Updated: August 17, 2018

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