Several privet hedges later, behold an attempt at creating a potager from scratch (including a secret garden). The view from an upstairs window at the farm provides a birds eye view of the potager. Within the inner privet hedge there are several large raised beds that make weeding an exhausting affair. We have blackberry, raspberry and asparagus beds at each end of the garden while herbs and roses are planted in the larger raised beds.
While not a secret at all in its infancy, there is a second wall of privet hedge that will eventually be my secret garden. A place to go read a book or a take a nap. The privet hedging has survived two brutal winters in Wisconsin so I am hopeful it will continue to grow and support the design I am working toward.
We have two ponds in the garden. Central to the potager is a circular pond surrounded by several catmint plants that appear to thoroughly enjoy the location. Aside from throwing in some lilies and a barley ball thats the extent of the pond activities. We have attracted some frogs to the pond along with our German Wirehair who enjoys taking a bath in the summer. Access to the Secret Garden will be (eventually) through an old door from the potager and will consist of a long walk (relatively) along the rear of the potager and into what will be a sitting area with pond and perennial garden. We have the pond installed….but that is about it so far! Last year I planted another row of privet (not included in the photo below) in order to obtain a little more privacy.
Back in the potager we are somewhat limited to what we can plant as we are not always at the farm to water and weed. In the short term I have planted herbs and roses and will continue to add cutting flowers and perennials to the beds. Pesky weeds are a constant battle! There is never enough time during the weekend to weed, plant, nourish and cut grass but its a high-class problem and I’ll quit complaining.
We have had our losses too. In front of the potager was the original site of our “United Nations Orchard”. Sadly all our baby fruit trees were unable to take the brutal winters we have recently endured. We will replant and make every effort to ready them for winter.