How does your potager grow?

If you are like me and trying to come to grips with what a 'potager' is then you will be happy to know that it is simply a kitchen garden. I use 'simply' loosely as it can be so much more! Potager is a French term (jardin potager) for a kitchen garden. The kitchen garden can be a separate space for vegetables, fruit, herbs and edible flowers or part of a more elaborate structured garden space. This is where it gets more complicated. Either way you look at it, if you like to 'grow your own' in an easy and accessible space, you may enjoy the following images for a little kitchen garden inspiration. The sites noted below offer a wealth of sure to check them out.

A thoughtful kitchen garden in Connecticut...see link below.

I have a strong desire to grab a cup of coffee and wander this 
garden path in the wee hours of the morning and then again
with a class of wine in the evening. I just love watching things grow :)

Gardening can be tricky when you are renting a house. 
You have to make it easy. This is my next thought, a few of these 
wooden framed garden beds.We can buy them ready made. 
I can stop thinking about them :) I wonder how transportable they are?

  via Bowles & Wyer

Love this design my American Potager.

This appeals to my Virgo sensibilities. Neat, tidy,
organised, small space...I could handle this.
It is realistic and practical. 

At the moment, my kitchen garden consists of a collection
 of pots delicately attended to by me.

Mr. H is attempting his own veggie garden this year. 
I have directed him to a space in the garden and am trying very hard to keep quiet. 
I fear the space he has allocated to his pumpkins is going break all the rules 
of the 'simple potager'. Mammoth pumpkin patch come October is more like it!

Hope these images provided a little potager inspiration for you.
Happy Pottering!


  1. Such lovely images. There is a beautiful book called "In and Out of the Garden" by Sarah Midda. It is full of beautiful illustrations and recipes, and I instantly thought of it after reading your post. Lovely.

  2. Great suggestions Suzanne...thank you!!

  3. Oh how I wish I had the time to have a nice big potager style garden. At present I have small herb and vege garden, in hindsight probably enough for us to manage.

  4. Sadly, I don't have a garden, but I have a balcony and I have planted as much as possible out there. Right now I have pansy, lavender and forget-me-not. I have sown all sorts of herbs, so I open the doors each morning in anticipation. Can't wait:-)

  5. Such beautiful well thoughout gardens! It would be a pleasure to walk around them!

  6. I was so excited to see your post this morning. I have preparing my garden. You have provided so much inspiration! We are planting many vegetables this year and I can't wait to watch them grow. I am slowly catching up with your blogs. I have been out of touch due to a new job! Looking forward to connecting through our blogs....

  7. A little envious...but not really. I've been tending my Florida garden and am now headed north to a condo where no gardening happens...I'm happy for the break :)

  8. Oh yes Sara Midda's book is one of my all time favourites! Love your inspirations Jeanne, and like you I fancy a wander morning and night to see what has changed during the day. I just wish I wasn't quite so spacially challenged, but maybe some of those raised boxes could do the trick for me!

  9. Lovely images. Our garden is to small to grow much of anything although my husband does grow hot peppers.

  10. Hi Loree.. Mr. H has planted hot peppers too! :)

  11. You are making me miss my old garden. Damn, just when I thought I was happy with the London parks...beautiful pictures!xx

  12. My daughter planted our "potager." She took great pride in her even rows of lettuce.
    I wanted several wigwams of sweet peas in among the veg and raspberry canes.

  13. The last 3 summers in Maine I've tried my hand at growing things to eat. What I have learned is that it takes lots of sun to get really healthy yields, and I don't have enough for everything. Lettuce does great no matter where it is so we have lots of salad! No matter the success, it's been fun trying.

  14. Jeanne, have you thought of trying wine crates for your garden? You'd be surprised at what you can grow in them. Just remember to drill some drainage holes in the bottom and after experimenting with them, I think it might be a good idea to line them with plastic to avoid wood rot. Anyway, it's an easy, transportable approach to gardening.


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