I confess to being a fair-weather gardener – I will do all the essential jobs regardless of the cold and damp but I’m not a sucker for punishment. However, I reckon there are useful jobs you can do in winter from the warmth and comfort of an armchair – like planning the way you would like the garden to look next year. Look out for my style tips over the next few weeks – starting with the Potager.
The term potager garden comes from French and describes a garden which is separated from the main garden area, lawn and decorative plants. It isn’t just a bog standard veg plot and had a different history as well as design. Obviously they are designed for growing vegetables, herbs, fruit and flowers but they offer the visual appeal of Baroque and Renaissance ornamented gardens. Over the last decade potager garden designs attracted increasing interest and many people are drawn to the idea of growing their own kitchen garden. It is this mix of prettiness and usefulness which is at the heart of their popularity and, where space is restricted, it is the ideal solution.
Don’t be intimidated by the grand image above. The rules are pretty simple and adapt to all size plots. Keep the layout symmetrical – preferably with a central feature: