Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Fruit Yard

In my simple country gardens, 'Potager' sounds prissy and pretentious and requires more work than I am able to muster.

Searching for a better term for a combo of a few vegetables and some fruit I found the term 'Fruit Yard':

My Fruit Yard includes 3 pears, 5 blueberry bushes and an arbor with 2 Scuppernong grape vines across a field road from the Upper Garden next to a field where row crops are planted.

During the winter I had cole crops: cabbages, black kale and broccoli.

The summer vegetable garden is nothing more than a few tomato plants. They've had considerable growth since this picture. We had fried green tomatoes last night and sliced tomatoes on our lunch sandwich. We're picking blueberries daily.

I am adding a small herb circle as heat and humidity allows. So far Marigolds are the only thriving plants. Lemon Grass struggles this year.

The term Fruit Yard appealed to me, a much better term for a few pear trees and some vegetables in the rural southern Coastal Plain.


  1. I like your 'fruit yard'. Herbs don't like heat and humidity down here, or at least most of them don't.

    Enjoy ~ FlowerLady

  2. A pecan grove and a fruit yard, soon you'll be making fruitcake! (again.) Love your huge garden and all it's interesting areas.

  3. Hi NellJean, i can see your plants are alive and growing well. Here when there are fruit trees we call it an orchard, but of course we have a term in the local dialect. In our yard we have lots of trees and our fruits are not fully consumed because no one is buying them, and we cannot bring them to the market. So they just rot on the ground, a feast for decomposers!


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