How Does Your Garden Grow

I was reminded of this poem or is it a nursery rhyme as I tackled the planting of my garden today.

Mary, Mary, quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells, and cockle shells,
And pretty maids all in a row. 

Mine will have neither silver bells or cockle shells, but will have wonderful things like arugula, rocket, turnips, parsnips, beans, peas, cucumbers, tomatoes, leeks, green onions, basil, oregano, sage, etc.

We used the compost that we have been collecting from our green bin over the winter to add some extra nutrients to the soil, staked the tomatoes and the border so that Betty Boo knew not to tromp through it like a bull and crush everything we have grown :) and started to plant.

The infamous Betty Boo jsut as refernce so you know who might be trampling my plants and why the border around the garden was required.

Beginning to work on the garden

Sorrel and lavender that come back every year. The lavender is great to make little satchels inside your pillow so you smell lavender all year long and the sorrel, if you have never had it before is almost like lemon spinach. I grab a handful and sprinkle it in almost every salad in the springtime. Also makes a great soup. Perhaps I will make that this week and share the recipe.

The garden is planted and now we wait for things to begin to grow, so that we can enjoy fresh vegetables all summer long. So excited.

We also moved the fish outside into their pond and it is hard to believe but I think I now know what a happy fish looks like. They are swimming around, chasing one another. Like they are up at the cottage for the summer after having spent the winter cooped up indoors in the small tank.