Posted: 02/03/2012 at 22:12
Meiow - a potager is simply a decorative veg, garden. The design can have raised beds but not necessarilly. The important thing is the design so that the veg. part of the garden is pleasant to sit in as well as useful. Very popular in France, hence the French name. My raised beds mean no digging and less bending at my age. But the great thing about potagers ia that you can incorporate up-to-date thinking about gardening. Flowers in the beds as well as veg. means more pollinators and food for bees and butterflies. Patterns made by the veg. are more restful to the eye than straight lines. Not having great clumps of the same veg. means less chance of disease and organic gardening is possible and productive. I will keep you informed of the progress of my potager with pictures, but I already love to sit in the middle and dream up schemes and combinations for the various beds. So the design is a successful one - the proof of the pudding is in the eating.