Captured Moments – Frogs, memories and mint

Good morning,

When I was about nine years old, we lived on some property surrounded by ranch land.  I had access to over one hundred acres filled with all sorts of wonderful places to explore.  One of my favorite spots was a creek that ran through the property not far from our house.  I remember sitting along the banks with my dog watching the fish dart about and the sun catch on the colors of the perch under the water.  There was also mint growing along the banks and in the water.  I was fascinated by it. It smelled so good!

Where I live now there are no creeks or natural ponds.   I wanted to grow some mint and remembered the mint growing along that creek.  I had a small stock tank that was given to us.  It had been used for hydroponic gardening.  I filled it with some of the left over growing medium also given us and placed some stones to set my pots on.   I also added some larger ones that stair step to the top of the pond.  This is for any small animals that might fall into the pond. It would give them a way back out.  I then filled it with water.  We have well water so there is no issue with chlorine or other chemicals. 

I always add mosquito fish to the ponds to help keep the mosquito population down.  The mosquito fish we have were rescued from drying creek beds a few years ago and have happily multiplied in all of our outdoor tanks.

I planted the mint in clay pots and sat them in the pond on the rocks.  They have thrived.  One morning I came out to find the spearmint pot knocked over into the pond.  When I picked it up, a small Southern Leopard frog was clinging to the mint.  He was watchful, but stayed in the container while I set it back in place.

We continued to watch each other for a few minutes and I left him to recover.

He seems quite content to live in the spearmint.  I have seen him there several times.

The mint has thrived in the new pots in the water.  This is after about two weeks.

Bountiful harvest from a small garden.

I have a small container garden this year.  It is necessary until I get some raised beds built.  Out soil is very rocky and the actual soil shallow.

Container garden

Container garden

 

Green cherry tomatoes

Green cherry tomatoes

Cherry tomatoes

Cherry tomatoes

Sungold Cherry Tomatoes.  These are so sweet!

Sungold Cherry Tomatoes. These are so sweet!

 

Pickling cucumber

Pickling cucumber

Jalapeno peppers

Jalapeno peppers

Bell Peppers

Bell Peppers

Broken pottery herb garden. Topis chives and trailing rosemary (this did not do well and I transplanted it to another area) English Thyme and peppermint

Broken pottery herb garden. on top is chives and trailing rosemary (Not visible, this did not do well and I transplanted it to another area) English Thyme and peppermint

Garden Harvest

Garden Harvest

Last but not least, I planted a purple heirloom tomato.  I bought a small plant from a local school that was having a spring sale from their green house projects.  They were not sure of the variety.  After  researching heirloom tomatoes, I think this is a Black Krim tomato.

Black Krim purple heirloom tomato just beginning to ripen

Black Krim purple heirloom tomato just beginning to ripen

It needed less rain and more sun than we have had recently. Unfortunately the insects found it when we had so much rain. I managed to get a couple of tomatoes that were good. The texture is good and the flavor is slightly tangy but not overly acidic. Here is what I picked this morning.

Black Krim heirloom tomato.

Black Krim heirloom tomato.