Sunday, April 22, 2012
Inspiration and Filling My Potager
I spent Saturday with my oldest at UIUC for Mom's Weekend. While we were there, we visited their inspiration garden where the cool season veggies are already in full swing and, while Champaign is about three weeks ahead of Chicago in the growing season, I was reminded that I needed to finish our potager so that I could get the garden started. So, today, that's exactly what I did!
In case you missed it, directions on how I built my potager are here
First, I lined the box with pond liner (you could also use heavy plastic). Then, make a diagonal cut in the bottom 2 inches of a 2-3 inch diameter PVC pipe. and stand it in one corner of the box. This will act as your watering tube.
In the opposite corner, using a drill with a spade bit (big circle drilling bit) drill through the side wall about 3 inches from the bottom and install a piece of 1 inch PVC pipe through the wall and the liner. This will act as an "overflow" in case of heavy rain.
Easy calculator. Then, fill the remainder of the box with growing medium. I chose organic growing medium that was pre-mixed.
35% compost, 35% Peat, 30% Sand. Add a little garden lime, a bag of earthworm castings and some fish emulsion fertilizer, mix well and fill the box with it.
After it's full, just plant it with your favorite vegetables and herbs. I have a separate herb garden so my potager currently contains the following:
Sugar Snap peas Yellow Zucchini Green Zucchini Yellow Squash
Red Pepper Roma Tomato Grape Tomato Bush Beans
Green Pepper Sweet Tomato Heirloom Tomato Sweet Onion
Celery Head Lettuce Red Onion Green Onion
Red Leaf Lettuce Green Leaf Lettuce Garlic Carrots
Mixed Leaf Lettuce Heirloom Leaf Lettuce Carrots Radishes
Then hope for some sunshine and warm weather!
Have a wonderful Sunday!