Kitchen Container Potager + Outdoor Extravaganza Link Party

I was hit with the gardening bug at a very young age. Growing up in the country, we planted a huge garden every year, and eating fresh vegetables and freezing or canning the remainder was the norm. When my husband and I bought our first house, we were fortunate to have a large back yard with a good-sized garden. There was something therapeutic about tending it, watching it evolve and creating meals based on what was ready to eat. Fast forward to our current home and our backyard is quite small and sloped, making it difficult to grow much more than a few trees, shrubs and some perennials. Since we moved here 8 years ago, most of my vegetable gardening has been limited. I’ve grown the occasional tomato plant, as well as a few herbs, but most of our produce comes from the grocery store or the occasional farmer’s market.

This year I decided to try something a little different and create a kitchen garden, or potager as referred to in France. Kitchen potagers typically feature patterned beds where herbs, edible flowers and fruits co-exist with carefully selected vegetables to produce fresh food and flowers to the kitchen table throughout the growing season. Given the limited space I’m faced with, I thought I’d create a mini form of this garden in containers.

 

Kitchen Potager in Burlap Containers

 

When planning a potager, color, flavor, fragrance and aesthetics are all important factors. To get it right, I decided to make a list of herbs I like to cook with, the high-yielding vegetable and fruit plants requiring a small amount of space, and some good companion flowers. I found most of these at a few local garden centers.

For containers, I decided to use burlap garden bags that I reinforced with pieces of wood at the top and filled with a mix of potting soil and organic compost.

 

Bracing for Burlap Garden Bag

 

In one container, I planted a patio tomato with a few varieties of lettuce. I placed an obelisk over the tomato plant for support.

 

Kitchen Container Potager with Tomato and Lettuce

In another bag, I planted a cherry tomato, chives, oregano, savory and thyme.

 

Kitchen Container Potager with Oregano

 

Kitchen Container Potager with Savory

 

I gave everything a good watering.

 

How to Plant a Kitchen Container Potager {Satori Design for Living}

 

I have one more burlap garden bag that I’m going to use for basil, peppers, cilantro, rosemary and a few marigolds to keep the pests away (if only that worked for my dog!). That will be one of today’s projects if the weather allows.

 

What have you been up to? Join the Outdoor Extravaganza and link up your plants & flowers projects below! I will be featuring a few of my favorites next week, so be sure to check back. Also, grab a button if you’d like or just do a text-back link (such as Linking to Satori Design for Living). Cheers!

Kitchen Container Potager + Outdoor Extravaganza Link Party

 

Don’t forget about Part Two of the Outdoor Extravaganza next week over at Amanda’s!

 

Now it’s your turn!


Comments

  1. says

    I LOVE your burlap bags… where did you find these?  I love being able to use what is in the garden!  It makes cooking so much fun when you have to use the stuff in your garden! Thanks for hosting!

  2. says

    I LOVE your burlap garden! We really enjoy fresh herbs, and you have just given me some great ideas!!! I can’t believe you found the burlap bags at Wal-Mart. Hopefully our Wal-Mart carries these ones, too :-) I’ve linked up today – thank you so much!

  3. says

    Love the burlap containers Shauna…and the iron obelisk adds interest and style! Its great having fresh herbs growing in the yard…I love being able to just snip and use whatever I need! Thanks for hosting this fun party!

  4. says

    The burlap is beautiful, and is a great idea. I like your idea of thinking of what you use to cook with before standing at the nursery with all those plants in front of you! Thank you so much for hosting this fun link party.

  5. Deidre says

    Super inspiration! love the whole composition of colors and textures and height with metal:) Thank you so much for hosting this party!

  6. D says

    Thank you for visiting & inviting me to your linky party. I love the burlap planters you made, such a great idea to create texture.c Thank you for hosting and have a happy weekend!

  7. says

    Hi Shauna, this is absolutely wonderful! I love your burlap bag potager…… and the obelisk you added make them  so pretty.Thanks for sharing this inspiring idea and for inviting me to this wonderful garden party…. loving all the links. I just added my link here:)Happy Memorial Day weekend!~Poppy

  8. says

    Love these! The burlap bags have a great shape and such a different texture from standard pots or planters! Thank you for inviting us to link up–this is the first time I’ve done this! I love seeing what others are doing.

  9. says

    Greetings!
    These planters look great. I had my sister make them for me, following your specifications, but after I put the soil in, the bags just would not hold up, and the wood would not keep it up. Don’t know if there is more than one kind of burlap, or if there were any specifics I might have missed?

    • says

      Hi Gloria, Are your burlap bags the same ones I used? If you put the wood slats tight a few inches down from the top and fill the soil just over top, they should work. Mine have been out in the elements since I made them and they still look the same (with a little staining from rain along the sides). I’m not sure why yours aren’t staying up unless your burlap is different or your wood slats are too flimsy.

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