The Potager

The Potager

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Happy First Day of Spring!

It has been a busy week in the Potager. English, snow and sugar snap peas have been planted, along with radishes, carrots, parsnips, turnips, beets, pak choi, lettuce, spinach and arugula.
The roses, which were put in the Potager to prevent deer decimation, have been moved to the open perennial/herb garden because they were getting too big for the potager. I will wait and see how long it takes for the deer to find them before I spray them. There's nothing worse than bending down to sniff a lovely rose and smelling Deer Off! (Okay, yes there are lots more things that are worse, but I couldn't think of a better expression.)

The self seeded cilantro was moved into the "salad bed" next to the spinach seeding as they are good companion plants. (They look odd because I harvested them last week pretty heavily.)

It is rather nice to see a row of something growing at this stage in the garden!
The cilantro that I sowed back in February has come up also, which is good, because cilantro bolts so quickly that succession planting is the way to go.
The garlic is doing well and I am so thrilled at the shallots. All but two came up! (You can see them in the last photo below.)

Hubby made a bed on the north side of the potager for sunflowers and four o'clocks over the weekend. (This garden keeps getting bigger and bigger!) We loved the look of Sunflowers in the potager, but they really took up a lot of room and dropped seeds everywhere. Deer will eat small sunflower plants, so we will have to be careful to spray deer repellant while they are small in order for them to live outside the fence.

I still have more to plant that I just didn't have time for, chard, broccoli raab, bunching onions, and more. I'm hoping the nice weather keeps on all week so I can sow after work every day!

In the meantime, here's a happy First Day of Spring montage! Enjoy!

I am linking this up to  at An Oregon Cottage. Stop by and see what gardeners from across the country are up to.


  1. Your garden is always so lovely to look at!

  2. Debbie- Love the new header picture! It reminds you what your garden will be like in a few months :) I am so glad that you are enjoying some good weather and are getting to start planting some seed. I am glad that you are going to plant the sunflowers again. I think every garden looks better with some flowers mixed in. Keep up the good work. Can't wait to see what comes up next!

  3. I still can't get over hoe put together your garden is!

  4. Thanks Lexa and Clint for stopping by!

  5. Looks like you've got a great start on your garden--very well done! I also like that you have a bench and a comfy pillow in your potager--it is wonderful to have a place to sit where you can look at all the plants! And I agree with Lexa about your header--lovely.