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Thinking about the nursery rhyme leads me to suspect that Mary wasn't the one being contrary; it was probably the garden pests who were contrary! (Unless, of course, you take it as the political allegory that it is and from the view point of Elizabeth I, Mary was rather contrary; but I hate talking politics.)
All sorts of things conspire to make your garden a failure: rabbits, voles, aphids, caterpillars, chipmunks, and, yes, even birds. They blithely nibble on your plants and berries, snipping off and killing young shoots before they have a chance to realize their dreams of becoming a full-blown plant. The garden is a sad, rough place to raise a seedling.
Still, we persist, year after year. Or hubby persists, and the kids and I help to nurse his eternal optimism.
So to answer "how does our garden grow", I thought I'd show some photos of the progress. I think I took these photos Tuesday morning (June 7th). These are by no means all of our garden beds. Some are still empty (well, maybe just one or two are), and some I just didn't take close-ups of (example, cucumbers, squash, grapes).
A sweeping view of the south garden, outside of the main fenced garden. Our dilapidated chicken tractor is at the left-hand side. Hubby fixed it now though, so I'll have to show a photo of his handiwork some other time.
Our strawberries are pretty much done:
"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be." ~ Douglas Adams