Mary, Mary Quite Contrary, How does your garden grow?

Update: Planting a First Day of Spring Garden.

Quite well, I have to say. We don’t have cockle shells, but my pretty maids were certainly surprised, as was I, to see actual vegetables popping up all through our simple little garden. What’s my secret, neglect I say. Really, I haven’t done much since I last wrote about planting our “first day of spring” garden.

We actually have honest-to-goodness tomatoes, sage, lavender, thyme and beautiful and very bountiful basil, a must in our kitchen. We also have weeds and some minor buggie friends, but we are not spraying, only watering, and the automatic sprinklers in our back yard seem to be doing the trick, along with and occasional nod from mother nature.

It’s been such fun, watching our tiny plants turn into overgrown beasts. It was even more fun tasting the fruits of our time and “talents,” if you can call it that. I do plan to weed, eventually. I may even try a few additional veggies. We’ll see.

So again, I encourage you. If you don’t have a plot to till and plant, grab a big ceramic pot. Our mint, which we planted far away from the sweet basil and tomatoes, is in a container pot on our back porch. and it is also almost as tall as my 4 year old now. Just in time for summer Mojitos! What could be better. Mojitos and tomato basil pie! Stay tuned for those recipes. Happy planting!

Elizabeth Montgomery James

After living in California for several years, Beth and her husband, Rod, relocated to Florida, to live, work, and play. They have two adorable daughters, and Beth is very involved with her children’s schools as a parent volunteer, Daisy troupe, and other community organizations such as the Junior League. Beth enjoys crafts, yoga and fitness, as well as a nice glass of Chardonnay. Beth is a graphic designer who has worked on national and international ad campaigns for top consumer brands, and now brings her talents to a variety of projects in and around Central Florida. In addition for bringing classic elegance to everything she touches, Beth has a natural talent for making everything pretty, from kids’ birthday parties to her garden.

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5 Responses to “Mary, Mary Quite Contrary, How does your garden grow?”

  1. Karen — May 10, 2011 @ 9:21 pm (#

    Isn’t it fun? I started with containers last year and graduated to a big raised bed this year. Squash, zucchini, cucumbers and okra are well on there way.


    • Julia replied: — May 12th, 2011 @ 7:30 pm

      I so wish I had the space for a garden, will just have to admire Beth’s 🙂

  2. Dianna — May 13, 2011 @ 1:23 pm (#

    My husband started his own plants and now he is planting them…so I can reap the harvest. how I love this time of the year. W3 have so far mint,sage,basil,rosemary.onions,lettuce,spinach and so on….just love the garden!


  3. Kristyn — May 13, 2011 @ 7:18 pm (#

    If you dig back to this time last year on my FB page, you’ll see my recipe for a “MOM” or “Mother’s Own Mojito”! Basically the lazy mom’s mojito: “Serves ONE–two ice cubes, mint from garden, superfine sugar, half lime squeezed…shake-a, shake-a, add jigger of light rum, shake-a, shake-a; lazy strain into wrong glass (who cares); add cheap store-brand lemon-lime seltzer (can’t find club soda)…and voila! Happiness on a hot, summer night :-)”


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