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Potager Kitchen Garden Design Plans

garden design- the potager kitchen garden

Dreaming of a potager kitchen garden?

I know I am! As we’re still designing this new land, and it will take years to create a dream backyard design, one of the first things we’re planning on doing is designing a potager kitchen garden.

In this post we’ll talk about:

  • What is a potager kitchen garden?
  • How to design your potager garden
  • What are the best crops for a potager kitchen garden

What to plant in a potager garden + kitchen garden design plans

What is a Potager?

A potager kitchen garden is a garden close to your kitchen where you can access fresh veggies and herbs easily. There’s some wonderful history behind kitchen gardens and some great books on kitchen garden design.


One of the most common themes you see with potager design are plants growing on the outside edges as well as the middle

Kitchen garden design plans

Garden design examples from the Complete Kitchen Garden book

Kitchen garden herb garden wheel design

Kitchen garden design plans

How to design your kitchen garden

When you start brainstorming ideas for your garden you’ll need to make sure you’re planting it in the right place. You also want to doodle and out sketch out your kitchen garden to get ideas for design.

Potager garden design

Things to keep in mind before designing your potager garden are

  • Adequate sun exposure- you’ll need 6-8 hours of sunlight for most crops. Make sure there aren’t too many garden shadows preventing veggie growth or grow crops that prefer some shade in those areas.
  • Keeping your garden design as close to your kitchen as you can. The goal is fresh food from your doorstep!
  • Try and use the edges as much as you can.
  • Create fun designs. Try sketching them out in different ways for eye appeal.
  • Consider adding a bench or table in the center or close to your kitchen garden. An eating area in your garden is a great long term idea.

Potager Kitchen Garden Design

Some designs from Groundbreaking food gardens (which has many AMAZING garden designs, I highly recommend this book)

Chicken kitchen garden design

Garden design with eating area in the middle

From Designing the New Kitchen Garden: an American potager handbook

Garden plants for a potager garden

Best crops for a potager kitchen garden

Although you can grow anything you’d like in your kitchen garden, because it’s close to the house certain crops are better than others.

The best crops for a potager kitchen garden tend to be ones that are eaten fresh not preserved.

You want to choose crops that are ready to harvest sooner instead of waiting until the end of summer. You also want to choose space-saving crops instead of ones that take up lots of space like pumpkins, corn or potatoes.

Flowers and herbs are often added to a potager kitchen garden

What to Grow in your Potager Kitchen Garden

  • Culinary herbs (which also have the benefit of companion planting)
  • Salad crops like lettuce, radishes, arugula. Learn how to grow greens year-round.
  • Fresh Greens like spinach, mustard greens, kale, collards etc
  • Heirloom tomatoes (here are some top choices)
  • Green snap beans/french filet beans. One of my fav varieties is ‘fortex’
  • Summer squash & zucchini
  • Flowers, especially edible ones like calendula or nasturtiums
  • Gourmet peppers
  • Green onions, scallions, shallots
  • Baby root crops like beets, turnips
  • Medicinal herbs are very eye catching and the bees love the flowers.

Potager kitchen garden design

Some potager design tips from Fix

Plants flowers for the potager garden

What are your fav plants to grow in a kitchen garden?


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  1. As I’ll be adding garden plots just outside the kitchen door this year, this post comes at a great time! I would like to offer up one more criteria for inclusion in the kitchen potager: harvest size. You’ll be will to go the extra mile for three or four zucchini as a side dish; not so much for the arugula the sprinkle over your breakfast omelette. Keep the things you use in small quantities closer! Seems counterintuitive, but it’s really important on those lazy days 😉

  2. Morning racing fans. Well done all with winner yesterday. Southwell 14:15 See Vermont 14/1 1pt win (hasn”t got much to find with fav and Luke on board today hoping he can snipe the fav on the line; fav in race does look the likely winner but worth a punt at the prices with jockey booking.) 14:45 dawn dancer 11/8 2pt win (Top two in market are very closely matched but I think dawn dancer will handle the distance and the corner a lot better) 15:15 Albert boy 7/1 1pt win (wide open race and albert boys latest race fell apart, unable to keep pace with front quartet wont have that problem in this race and has a good chance) 15:50 best tamayuz 13/8 3pt win NAP (has run great speed figures around track will take some beating and sure to run good race.)

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