When I was a young child and a pre-reader, I was introduced to the nursery rhyme, “Mary, Mary, quite contrary. How does your garden grow?” Back then I never wondered why she was contrary. But as I grew older and planted gardens of my own, I found out why she was in such an unhappy mood. It was because she was always fighting those pesky weeds which sprouted alongside her favorite flowers!
I’ve done my share of pulling weeds in traditional gardens. However, in the last few years I’ve become a gardener of containers with weed-preventing fabric covering the soil and water troughs which allow the plants to drink as they have need.
I call this area next to the patio “my little kitchen garden” because it is right outside my kitchen door. I love that it is close for tending which is mainly keeping the water troughs filled and tying up the growing plants to the trellis work. And it will be wonderful to step out my back door to pick a juicy tomato, a fresh cucumber, and a sweet bell pepper for my summer salad!
As the newly published second volume of my Nonny Day Series has a gardening theme, I thought you might enjoy photos of my current garden in the middle of the growing season. So, here they are!
Please check out my new children’s book, now available on Amazon, and share with those you know who have or work with children ages 5-8. It may be used with pre-readers as well. Thank you!