Guest contributor Pamela Price is the founder of Red, White & Grew, a blog devoted to “Promoting the Victory Garden Revival and other simple, earth-friendly endeavors as bipartisan, patriotic acts in an age of uncertainty.”
Meeting people…really interesting people…is the most satisfying aspect of my blogging experience thus far. Among the many folks that I’ve met online is Susan Wittig Albert, a prolific and talented novelist based in Texas.
Many people contemplate a life well-lived in the country surrounded by books, beloved animals and rewarding activities like gardening, writing, and knitting. Albert has created just such an existence. Moreover, through her assorted web sites and blog, she covers a bounty of topics–ranging from her many bestselling books to cultivating herbs–for her devoted fans. Recently, she began chronicling the outcome of her decision to embrace the victory garden concept on her blog, which celebrates the ecologically diverse region in which she dwells.
In a description of what Albert calls a “Peter Rabbit Garden,” she merges her interest in Beatrix Potter‘s beloved children’s tales with her own gardening expertise. The charming cottage garden plan includes lemon balm, tansy, rhubarb, strawberries, onions and other plants mentioned in Potter’s “little books” together with bunny-inspired yard art or border. (For a complete list of Peter’s plants, please click here.) If you desire to create a Peter Rabbit Garden of your very own, you’ll naturally want to check with your local county/parish extension agent’s office to determine which plants will grow best in your own plot or a cluster of pots.
Whatever modifications you may make to suit your climate and space, however, the Peter Rabbit Garden is a wonderful concept. And it would make an ideal first kitchen garden for a young family. You might even consider a trip to the library this winter to let your li’l gardeners “discover” for themselves in Potter’s books just what Peter might like to see them plant come Spring. Who knows? In pairing literature with gardening and sharing it with wee ones, you may very well seed a lifelong love of both words and dirt in your own offspring. You’ll definitely make some memories. Trust me. Just last week my toddler walked up to our victory garden and queried enthusiastically: “Hey, garden! How ya growin’?” It’s that kind of moment that I will cherish long after he’s too big to cuddle in my arms.
A final note: Albert has just published a fifth mystery book for grown-ups (The Tale of Briar Bank) based upon Beatrix Potter’s work. Beginning September 30, you may purchase it via Amazon and other booksellers, but signed and personalized copies are available online to benefit Story Circle Network, a national network that nurtures women writers–and yet another of Albert’s many pet projects.
Courtesy photo provided by Susan Wittig Albert.