How to Create a Potager Garden or Small Kitchen Garden

Planning a kitchen garden or potager garden

January 16, 2021
Kitchen Garden

Learn how to plan a kitchen garden—either a traditional row garden or a potager garden which intermixes vegetables, fruits, flowers, and herbs. Learn more and see kitchen garden layouts. 

Planning a Kitchen Garden

A kitchen garden is simply a garden focused on vegetables rather than flowers! With a kitchen garden, the goal is to walk outside your backdoor and select the freshest of foods for your meals. 

Whether you select traditional rows or intermingle your plants, a kitchen garden needs to be positioned right next to the house for convenient harvesting, as well as near a water source.

Think about the effects of wind and hours of sunshine through the season; most vegetables prefer 6 to 8 hours sunlight and too much wind. Kitchen gardens are often replanted throughout the season for a continuous supply of fresh food for the kitchen.

Learn more about what to grow in a kitchen garden!

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What is a Potager Garden (A French Kitchen Garden)?

Some folks say they’d love to grow their own food at home, but that a vegetable plot would look out of place in their garden. They imagine ruler-straight rows and unsightly muddy gaps where plants have been dug up. With a “potager” kitchen garden, they have their cake (well, veg) and eat it, too!

In a “potager” garden, the gardener intermixes  vegetables, fruits, flowers, and herbs like a living tapestry. It’s a more casual, informal approach that works with nature, and similar to a flower garden except focused on edibles! Usually organic, these gardens consider companion planting and are great promoters of biodiversity instead a single crop, encouraging birds and pollinators. 

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BBG’s Herb Garden. Photo by Caleb Leech.

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Video: See Our Potager Kitchen Garden

6 Kitchen Garden Layouts and Plans 

Below are some samples of different types of kitchen garden layouts (from traditional to potager) shared by Almanac gardeners! We hope they provide inspiration Find hundreds more garden plans by your location here!

1. Potager Kitchen Garden Layout

“We just finished our 2019 garden plans for our potager garden.  I can’t rave enough about The Old Farmer’s Almanac’s Garden Planner. It’s completely worth the $29 a year, if you need a more comprehensive planner.” —Read the full review from 2 Bees Farm!

Garden Location: St. John’s, Arizona
Garden Size: 59’ 11” x 59’ 11”
Garden Layout: Potager / Country garden
Sun or Shade: Sunny
Garden Soil Type: Good soil

See full plant list here!

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2. Kitchen Garden Layout With Raised Beds

This is our second year in the garden!

Garden Location: Near Toronto, Canada
Garden Size: 56’ 0” x 56’ 0”
Garden Layout: Raised Beds/Home Garden
Sun or Shade: Sunny
Garden Soil Type: Good soil

See full plant list!

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3. Kitchen Garden Plan With Raised Beds

Create a three-season vegetable garden in the southern U.S.  (This garden is zone 7a/b.)

Garden Location:  Georgia
Garden Size:  20’ 11” x 19’ 11”
Garden Layout:  Raised Beds
Sun or Shade:  Sunny
Garden Soil Type:  Heavy/clay soil

See full plant list!

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4. Kitchen Garden Plan: Raised Beds

“My Blue Heaven” organic garden!

Garden Location:  Spokane, WA
Garden Size:  69’ 11” x 29’ 11”
Garden Type:  Home garden
Garden Layout:  Raised Beds
Sun or Shade:  Sunny
Garden Soil Type:  Good soil

See full plant list.

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5. Kitchen Garden Plan: Raised Beds

Garden Location:  Charlottesville, VA
Garden Size:  20’ 11” x 19’ 11”
Garden Type:  Home garden
Garden Layout:  Raised Beds
Sun or Shade:  Sunny
Garden Soil Type:  Good soil

See full plant list.

6. Kitchen Garden Layout (Potager)

Simple country garden and orchard combo with lots of variety.

Garden Location:  Mitchell, Ontario, Canada
Garden Size:  50’ 0” x 29’ 11”
Garden Type:  Home garden
Garden Layout:  Potager / Country garden
Sun or Shade:  Sunny
Garden Soil Type:  Good soil

See full plant list here.

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Looking for more ideas? See our layouts for other types of gardens.

Free Garden Planner

We have highlighted sample plans here, however, you can find hundreds of free garden plans using our Almanac Garden Planner tool—which will customize your planting and harvesting dates! Try the Almanac Garden Planner here.

 

Source: 

The Old Farmer's Almanac Garden Planner

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Reader Comments

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Need help with veggies I can grow in pots

I have been a fan of farmers Almanac and had gardens for many years following your advice. Because of medical issues I can’t take care of these gardens anymore but I could raise a few vegetables in pots outside my door. I must have at least one tomato and pepper and some greens but am unsure how to pick a determinate pepper that will grow well in a pot. Can you give me a suggestion and what growing medium to use? I am grateful for your help. Thank you.

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Vivian, we can not identify “determinate” peppers anywhere; as you know, that is more commonly a type of tomato. Here are a few pepper varieties, all of which will grow successfully in pots:

• hot peppers: ‘Cubanelle,’ ‘Cherrytime,’ ‘Jalapeno,’ ‘Apple (Hot),’ ‘Red Cherry’ and ‘Red Chile’

• larger (milder) peppers: ‘Sweet Banana,’ ‘Lady Bell,’ ‘Gypsy,’ ‘Crispy,’ ‘New Ace,’ ‘Bell Boy’ and ‘Sweet Chocolate’

Hope this helps! Thank you for your interest in The Old Farmer’s Almanac!

Potager in Santa Fe New Mexico

Hello hello, in a executive chef and owner of a boutique hotel in Santa Fe New Mexico. We will start building a cooking school and I've thought about the beuty of a potager besides the kitchen. I will really appreciate if you can give ideas and support me with this project.
In gratitude,

Carolina

Garden Planner for Potager

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Hi Carolina, Sounds exciting! We would encourage you to just experiment with a free 7-day trial of the Garden Planner where you’ll find many more potager examples, a free newsletter, and lots of tools and inspiration.

Would be nice to also show a

Would be nice to also show a kitchen garden for the north. I'm in Wisconsin and I don't think the Virginia garden would be appropriate for the north.

There are several gardens on

There are several gardens on this page for the north and are relevant.