I have a potager in my back yard. A potager is a French kitchen garden that contains vegetables, herbs, fruits and/or flowers. It usually is made up of small rectangular, square and triangle shaped beds separated by stone or brick path ways. It is usually bordered by a clipped hedge. My potager contains 10 rectangle shaped beds. I used river rock in the pathways and the front of each row of beds is bordered with a boxwood hedge. I designed and built this garden about 15 years ago, long before I knew it was called a potager.
Today I worked in Bed 10 where I have squash planted. First I had to weed the bed using my trusty hoe.
Next I spread Preen to try to prevent some future weeding. I am not an organic gardener. I do not use insecticides but I do use herbicides.
Last year I had the soil tested in the potager. My pH is too high and I had almost no nitrogen in the soil. They recommended I use Ammonium Sulfate to lower the pH and raise the nitrogen. I also add compost when I have it on hand.
I am supposed to use this once a month during the growing season but rarely do I get it applied that often. You have to use this sparingly because a little goes a long way. Better to use less otherwise you will have a lot of green leaves and very few vegetables.
Next I take the water hose and water directly on the center of each squash plant. This makes the adult squash bugs run and I can pick them up with gloved hands and SQUISH 'em.
So that was my day working in the potager. I am not advertising for Preen or Hi Yield but simply showing you what I use. Hope you are enjoying your summer. Have a good weekend.
I feel everyone needs a passion and I am very passionate about my garden. I live on 1.5 acres and spend most of my free time in one of the 6 garden areas in my yard. My hobby is quilting. When the weather is too hot, too cold, too wet or I'm just tired of the yard I quilt. I am a 60ish wife/mother/grandmother, married to my soul mate for 40+ years. I have 2 daughters, 2 granddaughters and 5 cats. I am retired and living the good life in Oklahoma.