A Pleasant Little Memory | A Pleasant Little Garden

boquet of parsley ii

It’s not much, but it’s ours.

A wooden box made with strong hands and a skilled mind, full of dirt. Texas dirt.honey suckle 1

In its early stages the black earth was played in by two children while the smell of honeysuckle lingered in the air. I’m convinced a bit of child-like magic was added to the garden with every bit of outdoor play.

garden inspection

From this suburban ground, sprouted produce.

okra and cucumber

Okra after okra. Cucumbers so delicious and watery, I couldn’t wait for more. Tomatoes so tantalizing that the birds got them before we could. Green bell peppers that tried so hard to develop but were quickly overgrown by their neighboring brethren.

Green Bell Pepper on the Vine

Basil so high it could touch the hot blue sky. Mint and thyme that covered the dirt as if it was moss. Oregano hidden but not forgotten. Parsley that produced just enough leafy greens to garnish meals and stems to flavor stocks.

mint ii

Every morning, every afternoon, every evening—we tended to our little patch of dirt with curiosity and excitement. As a family we watched our garden grow and we each became partial to a piece of it.

Basil for him. Mint for her.

basil snack

Okra for me. Tomatoes for him.

Tomatoes on the Vine

We became acquainted with the bees. They busily hummed and worked alongside us as a bundle of thyme was collected or a cucumber was plucked.

Lady bugs, crawling to and fro—working busily on who knows what.

green bell pepper

Little hands reached for the basil to grab a small snack to munch on it as we worked. A mint leaf to lick as we made our way back indoors.

It was our pleasant little garden this year. Built with love. Managed with care. Protected by a white Westie.

Once the cold comes it will fade. We will glean from it what we can, but this thriving green patch will go away.

Summer will continue though, in small ways—splash of basil oil, dash of herb salt, pinch of dried thyme, frozen basil and of course, recipes. Recipes created and inspired by a pleasant little garden.

dried herbs

A few recipes inspired by A Pleasant Little Garden:

Basil Arugula Pesto

Basil Oil

Mint Chutney

Zucchini Basil Panzanella

Sage Simple Syrup

Peach and Sage Rose Sangria

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