Monday, February 15, 2010

Potager ~ A French Kitchen Garden


Potager....A French Kitchen Garden.   I have had one for years.  Sometimes successful.  Sometimes not.  In my last home, I was in the middle of a forest.  I really didn't get a lot of sunshine for my potager.  So I coaxed tomatoes, green beans and lettuce, along with a few herbs into growing.  My yield was always small, but to bite into a home grown tomato was worth the effort.

I puchased this book recently.  It is called, "In The French Kitchen Garden" by Georgeanne Brennan.It is a wonderful book, filled with information on how to have a true Potager. 


It is illustrated by Melissa Sweet, and has the most wonderful water color illustrations throughout the pages, as well as some great recipes.


In France, the garden is used year round.  Not just in the summer.  Some areas in the far north here in the states can't sustain a year round garden, but if you live in a climate that doesn't drop below freezing for several days in a row, you might acutally be able to have a year round garden.

So for now even though my backyard looks like this...

I am planning and dreaming about a day when I can have a Potager that looks like this....
Courtesy BHG.com

What are you dreaming about?

Welcome Home,
Penny

30 comments:

Michle said...

Great minds think alot. That also looks like my dream garden. One day I will have one.

Michle

Catherine Holman said...

I'll have to try to find that book. That last photo is beautiful! Makes me want to give it a try.
Hugs,
Cathie

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

What am I dreaming of? Oh, Penny! Exactly what you are dreaming of and I need to get started as soon as I can get this place back together! It has been a daily struggle to get everything rehung and everything back together. Some things have changed so they are not going back in the same places exactly. Extra hutch, that sort of thing. Still doing small chores like replacing weather stripping, etc.

I am off to check the Lavendar Hill studio. I don't want to miss a thing!! :)
And..thank you for your sweet comment on my post. :) You are such a sweetheart!
Hugs,
Mona

Deputy's Wife said...

I have never heard of a kitchen garden called a potager before. I think that sounds much better than a kitchen garden.

I have been planning two raised beds for vegetables and herbs. I can't wait to get started!!!

Vee said...

Right now I am dreaming that NBC will stop messing around with Olympic coverage. But that's a short-term dream... I'd have to think about a longer term one. Actually, I have the same problem you used to have...very little sunlight here on the edge of the little forest.

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

There is nothing better than fresh veggies/fruit out of a garden in the summertime. I don't have a place to have a garden, so I just have to go to the farmer's market, but that works for me. Looking forward to strawberries here in May. That can't come too soon. Love & blessings from NC!

bj said...

BEAUTIFUL!
We ARE sisters under the skin, Penny..when I dream, I dream BIG, too.
I just know you will have a garden just like that one. You have a beautiful, large area to have it and YOU CAN DO IT, GIRL!!
hugs, bj

Blondie's Journal said...

I believe you just might, Penny!!

Here in the Midwest we can start to work the ground in April. That is when we can plant cool weather veggies like lettuces and radishes, but we can have a frost right into May so we have to be careful.

I can't wait to see your garden now that you have so much sun!

xoxo
Janie

Pondside said...

My gardening dreams match yours, Penny. With our deer fence in place we're able to make our dreams come true at last.

Adrienne said...

Oh, Penny, I think I need to buy that book. I'm dreaming of my garden - and hoping it will be much better than last year. You've inspired me. I'd better get busy with my planning. ~Adrienne~

greta said...

This time of the year, I always say I am going to have a big garden. But then, I look outside amd nature tells me differently. I live in Western NY where there is only 2 seasons...Winter and Summer. I do get a few tomatoes. But my dreams keep my garden alive!

bj said...

Hi, again...just coming back by to say I have had spam a lot, too. I just took off the "anomymous" ability and haven't had a bit of trouble. Hopefully, it will stay that way. I just hate spam!!

Jennifer Rizzo said...

I am also dreaming about my spring garden. Penny, that view is gorgeous! Your garden is going to look wonderful in those surroundings! It looks like you have good soil too with all of the surrounding prairie and wooded area.

Manuela@TPOH said...

That looks like a fun book - I love those illustrations. I can't wait to get out into the garden. It's sunny today but freezing cold!

Manuela

dobco said...

Right now I am just dreaming of Spring! I look forward to warmer days and being able to plant some flowers out front.

BailiwickStudio said...

Our backyard is barren and ready to be planted. This book looks wonderful! Just what I need...
::Jill

elizabethm said...

HI, came to you via Pondside and absolutely love the look of this book. I shall have to track it down. We grow most of our own fruit and veg here on a hillside in Wales but I can't say ours looks as pretty as the potager!

Beverly said...

Penny,
How wonderful that would be. I would like to have just a small area for planting...nothing like freash garden produce!

Bella said...

That looks like a wonderful book. I have recently been dreaming of a garden myself - well, two actually. One for vegetables, the other for flowers. I'd love to create a more formal garden in my back yard.

Donna said...

I'm dreaming about the same thing, Penny. I wish I could have a year round garden. Wouldn't that be nice?

I can't believe you still have that much snow. The last of ours melted today.

Hugs,
Donna

Beverly said...

I'll dream along with you. Life doesn't get much better than a home grown tomato.

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Right now I am dreaming that the snow is gone here in Ohio! It just never seems to end. I am looking forward to Spring blooms on my dogwoods and magnolia! One days soon I hope to see grass again...I know it is under there someplace!~Patti

KarenHarveyCox said...

What a lovely dream, that I know you and your husband will make come true. This new home has been a renewal of everything wonderful, and now that love spills into the garden.
Karen

Kathleen Grace said...

I am right there with you Penny, dreaming of green and wild strawberries in my flower bed and warm sunshine and breezes:>) Your inspiration photo for the potager is so beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Hey, Penny ... makes me dislike our 30 plus inches of white all the more!!:) I am dreaming of your garden!!! The warmth of the sun on my back!!! the chirping of the little peeps!!! and seeing the head of the hyathinths(sp), the daffadils, the crocus .. smiling up at us when the "white" goes away!!:) awwww. so sweet!!
Pink Hugs!!
Dee

Penny said...

I wish I had more sun and fewer deer. I too dream of a kitchen garden this time of year, but am lucky to get a few herbs in and I have to fight the deer for the parsley. Your garden will be beautiful I know.
Hugs,
Penny

Tutti Chic said...

I know I'm thinking of the same things as you are penny! what a wonderful last photo-a true french kitchen garden! can't wait to see yours at the new house!:) chris p.s. my naples tan is long gone....although trying to keep it alive with self tanners!LOL!

LW said...

That would be a wonderful garden to have...
We use to have a very large garden, it was too big and took so much time....then the donkeys came and took more time.... the garden went the donkeys stayed.....

Louise

Screaming Meme said...

Your home has a wonderful vibe...Like you could linger there all day...Peaceful, really...Meme

Roberta Palm said...

Wow, that is very pretty....I tend to think mine will be more like a collage of a potager....