The Potager

This is a fancy word for a veggie patch.

One that I find very evocative as I have had a vision of the Potager I would like in my mind for several years.

According to Wikipedia……The traditional kitchen garden, also known as a potager (in French, jardin potager)  is a space separate from the rest of the residential garden – the ornamental plants and lawn areas. The kitchen garden may serve as the central feature of an ornamental, all-season landscape, or it may be little more than a humble vegetable plot. It is a source of herbs, vegetables and fruits, but it is often also a structured garden space with a design based on repetitive geometric patterns.

This week we came a little closer to my vision with the arrival of 3.5 tons of river gravel.

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Growing up in the UK I had often seen gravel used amongst the raised beds instead of grass as it drains freely and stops the whole area becoming a muddy mess in wet weather. In Australia it also stops us having to mow it every few days in summer which is a bonus, as the beloved ride on mower doesn’t fit in there and it all has to be done by hand!

We spent one whole day laying newspapers down on top of the grass and then barrowing in endless kilos of the gravel but hopefully it will only need to be done once and we are very pleased with the results. What do you think?

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As you can see, everything is growing beautifully and we are now harvesting lettuce, snow peas, french beans and pak choi with the tomatoes, leeks, carrots and beetroot not too far behind and all in 6 weeks!

The chooks are happy and getting braver by the day, not too long now before we can let them free range around the property. We should also start getting some eggs in the next couple of weeks with any luck. Cammo is “encouraging” them by leaving golf balls in the nesting boxes. They are finally getting excited when we deliver fresh kitchen scraps to them and there is sheer pandemonium when they spot a little bug or lizard in their yard and literally run after them as one clucking and hysterical group. Whatever the lead hen (Henrietta) does the others blithely follow so let’s hope she has half a brain and proves to be a good leader of the gang!


Despite the neglect of the rose bushes over the past few years they are still producing some lovely blooms with that proper old fashioned rose perfume. I think they are all David Austin roses and they should be even more fabulous next summer after a good pruning. Cam is always muttering under his breath about getting rid of the ‘damn roses’ but I refuse to listen to him. Every country garden needs some flowers and these are old and established.

Susie 1: Cammo 0


2 thoughts on “The Potager

  1. Susie, I can endorse all of your potager and chookie comments after seeing it all last week! Just stunning! And you will win the ‘War of the

    Suze D


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