Garage Bed Potager
Currently, the bed holds a hodgepodge of plants: Carolina jasmine, Silk Road orienpet lilies, Lysimachia ‘Alexander,’ Lysimachia ‘Firecracker,’ lavender, tulips, coreopsis (2 kinds), hollyhocks, creeping jenny, gladiolas, yarrow, and echinacea. It looks terrible.
The wall faces SW and the soil is good, but dry. The only plant that really seems to thrive here is the lavender. Given the conditions, an herb garden seems appropriate, but I don’t think it would give me the height I want. I’m considering adding veggies for height and annual flowers for color to create a potager next year. My plan:
- Leave the lavender beneath the window
- Plant cherry tomato plants on either side of the lavender
- Plant sunflowers (the regular kind) on the outside of the tomatoes
- Construct bamboo teepees at either end of the garage for climbing peas or beans
- Plant low growing crops, herbs, and annuals in the remaining space
I’ll confess that I have not grown vegetables before. This was my first year with herbs and some of them look truly terrible. Many of you fellow garden bloggers grow veggies, so I’d love to hear your advice. Some questions I have are:
- What kind of legumes can I grow on the teepee? Are they cool-weather crops? Should I plan for two or three crops on the teepees over the season?
- Instead of teepees, what about arches extending over the sidewalk, with one on either end of the garage? Oooh, then I could grow birdhouse gourds…
- Will cherry tomatoes become so bushy that they’ll block the path? (I haven’t measured it, but I think the bed is 2.5 or 3 feet deep.)
- Any suggestions on low-growing crops? Should I plan, again, on different veggies for different times of the year?
- What about perennial vegetables, like rhubarb and asparagus?
- Finally, do you recommend any good books on potager gardens?
The world of veggies is completely bewildering to me. I feel like I’m learning to garden all over again. I appreciate your help!