Tour de Potager

Today on the Ghost Fawn Podcast, we’re talking about the potager garden (a.k.a. The Woman Cave).  Like many great/crazy ideas, it all started off with this picture I found on Pinterest.

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There was something about the picture that just pulled me in.  I couldn’t stop thinking about it.  It was so lovely, so orderly yet wild. I wanted something like that on the farm.  The caption on Pinterest read simply, “Potager garden”, and the link led nowhere.  

A mystery!  A French mystery!

Summoning my inner Nancy Drew, I finally tracked down the image to its source, an article in Country Living Magazine, touring a kitchen garden here in Connecticut.  From there, I started sketching out my own garden ideas, starting with the pond.

We broke ground on the pond in May:

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Well.  It was green anyway.

Digging the pond became this HUGE THING.  It took FOREVER to dig (see all those rocks?  They were what we hauled out of the ground), then the liner wouldn’t hold water.  Then we had to change the size of the pond.  Then it still wouldn’t hold water.  Then we gave up on it for a couple of months and did other things.

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And that’s where the potager stayed for most of the summer.  Just a swampy, depressing snakepit.

Eventually, though, we rallied, fixed the pond, and started digging the holes for the fence.  We cut down trees, we hauled trees, we dug dozens of post holes (more rocks!!)

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The trees for posts and the pergola were free.  The price tag was the only thing that kept me from scrapping the whole things some days.  If the fiasco didn’t look like the inspiration picture, at least it hadn’t been an expensive mistake.

But, slowly, as the fence posts were dug and the lower fencing (2 rolls @ $50/ea from Tractor supply) was installed, it started coming together.  Then, with a few raised beds built, we were getting somewhere:

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There’s still months of work left to do before the building phase is done (make sure to check out our podcast about the garden for more details), but I think we’ll be ready to plant it next spring, which means that by next summer, I should be able to have my own Pinterest-worthy shot like the inspiration picture.