The New Potager was created in 2011, with 2012 its first year of production. Its position, halfway up our hillside, has full southern exposure, and so it is ideal for Mediterranean vegetables, where these are actually the fruits of the plants.
The garden has been renovated over its eight years of existence. The sloping terrace made the four rectangular planting beds difficult to work, and to rectify this four metal edged raised beds were constructed in their place. This had the added benefit of new soil being introduced, without the rocks and stones of the previous earth. Finally, a large tree that had overshadowed the garden was removed.
For our ‘New Approach’, we have decided that an interesting way of showing the variety and scope of vegetables we can grow would be to create a colour themed plantation. Each rectangle would have its own plan. The first rectangle was already full of half-grown onions and garlic, so we have left these to mature and followed on by a ‘traditional’ plantation rows of fennel, tomatoes and aubergines.
The remaining three approximately 8m x 2m beds are each devoted to a colour in the leaf, root or fruit of the selected vegetables.