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April 30th, 2015

When we first arrived I laid out the little potager behind the house with diagonal walkways and a circular center bed. I really love this layout, especially with the way this garden orients towards the house and with the size. I’ve expanded the garden each year by about three or four feet on each side. It’s about twice as big as it was when I arrived 3 years ago. The result is now the walkways seem way too narrow.
potager 2 (2)
I’ve added boxwoods on either side of the entrance path, knowing I’d expand the walkways to make them wider. Now comes the work of widening the walkways. I’m moving a few perennials that are too close to where the new pathways edges will be.
potager 1 (2)
I don’t mind changing things in the garden, in fact that’s once of the things I love about gardening. Change is easy in the garden, plants can be dug up and moved and do quite well.
potager 2
Eventually this garden will become a soft fruit garden. The four triangular beds will be filled with different types of strawberries, there will be hedges of blueberries around the outside edges. Raspberries will fill in the lower hillside and I might even get a dwarf cherry tree to plant in the middle of the circular bed.


Do you ever make changes in the garden? Do you enjoy it?

4 Comments to “Changes”
  1. carol on April 30, 2015 at 9:35 am

    Wondering if you have a good way to keep squirrels and birds out of your future soft fruit garden.

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    • Susy on April 30, 2015 at 12:28 pm

      I don’t have to worry much about the squirrels, the birds don’t seem to be a problem either. I plant enough that if the birds get some I still have enough. I do put a fence around it to keep my chickens out.

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  2. Nebraska Dave on April 30, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    Susy, ha, my garden plans are never set until the plants are in the ground. Constant change is happening in my mind all the time. When I’m sitting at the picnic table resting, I’m studying the lay of the land figuring out what I could do to make it better. It’s just in the genes of a gardener to constant be trying to figure out a better plan, don’t you think?

    Have a great garden changing day.

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  3. Megan on May 1, 2015 at 11:51 am

    I actually totally mirror was Nebraska Dave said in his comment. I am also constantly making adjustments around in the garden – I’ve even been known to re-locate a raised bed or two.

    Your potager looks so lovely!

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