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A Cottage Garden Plan
The English cottage garden was originally a utilitarian exercise in providing useful bounty from the garden. As much space as was available was used to grow vegetables, herbs, fruits and useful flowers. In addition, the roots of this garden style would have included the husbandry of animals such as pigs and poultry.
Over the years, the meaning of the term cottage garden has evolved to evoke images of a quaint and crowded planting, with an almost haphazard appearance as many plants are left to self-sow. The compact style of this garden lends itself to low maintenance, as weeds have little chance to compete with the dense planting.