A Southern Garden Grows

Submitted by Christi

I showed you some pictures earlier this week of how my garden has grown. Here is my garden now – a little closer look.

















Elephant Ear

These are just a few close up scenes from my garden.

It is Outdoor Wednesday with A Southern Daydreamer.


Today’s Lagniappe: Tomato Pie
Courtesy of Carol Shackleford Benson of El Dorado, Arkansas. Carol says, “With summer tomatoes and fresh basil from the garden, it is heavenly! I have already made several, and friends and family continue to ask for more!”

pie crust – I use Pillsbury in the dairy case
4 medium  tomatoes – mixing red and yellow makes the pie so pretty – I have also used halved cherry and grape tomatoes
Whole milk mozzarella cheese, sliced about ¼ “ thick
1 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
Salt and pepper
Olive oil

Thinly slice tomatoes and spread out on papers towels.  Salt them liberally and let them sit for about 15 minutes.  Place pie crust in 10-inch tart pan and poke holes with a fork.  Bake the pie crust for 12 minutes at 400 degrees or until lightly brown.  Remove the crust from the oven and cover the bottom of the crust with mozzarella slices.  Distribute basil leaves evenly over cheese.  Cover with tomato slices.  Sprinkle freshly ground black pepper over the tomatoes. Drizzle with olive oil and bake 30 to 40 minutes at 400 degrees.  Let the pie rest about 30 minutes before slicing.  It is best at room temperature.
I have also made this on a pizza pan and just used thinner slices of cheese.


20 Responses to “A Southern Garden Grows”

  1. Janie G Says:

    Your garden looks like it is healthy, strong and surviving the heat. So pretty!

  2. Jadehollow Says:

    Beautiful garden.. Looks like you’ll be enjoying all those fresh veggies very soon. Happy Wednesday!

  3. Christine Says:

    Beautiful garden. Looks like you will have an abundant harvest soon…Christine

  4. Sheila Says:

    Hi, Christi! Your garden has got some great things in it. Okra is one of my favorite veggies! And your flowers are so pretty, too. Thanks for the recipe. I always love your lagniappe!

    Happy OW!


    Sheila 🙂

  5. Carrie Says:

    How nice to have such a fruitful garden! Growing food is a great idea in the current financial climate.

  6. Becky K. Says:

    Your flowers look great.
    One of these days I will have an
    elephant ear. I think they are fabulous!
    Yours looks great.

    Have a Happy Wednesday!
    Becky K.
    Hospitality Lane

  7. Pat Says:

    You have a wonderful garden!My tomatoes are still green …hopefully they will ripen soon! The toamto pie sounds delicious.

    Happy Outdoor Wednesday! It was my first time joining in and I was glad to visit you!


  8. Sherry Says:

    Becky, oh the zinnia was my favorite. I just love them, they are so hardy and they can withstand most of the heat conditions out here in Phoenix. Thanks so much for sharing. Please stop by and say hi. I would be so honored to have you follow my blog as well. I did not see a place here to follow yours. Country Hugs, Sherry

  9. Joyce Says:

    I haven’t ever seen a real okra leaf before. All those home grown veggies will be so tasty for your family instead of store bought products. Nice job on the labels on your Outdoor Wednesday post.
    Joyce M

  10. Rainey Says:

    Your garden looks fantastic… The heat here in Arizona has taken its toll on ours… My hubby would love the okra, he is a southern boy and we don’t get it here…
    Hope your week is going well…
    ~Really Rainey~

  11. Tina @ Enchanted Rose Studio Says:

    Becky, your garden is coming along beautifully. Such a pretty variety of flowers and vegies!

    Thanks for sharing!


  12. KBeau Says:

    Beautiful things in your garden. Thanks for the recipe.

  13. Barb Says:

    Hi Christi, beautiful pics….I love the tomatoes. I wish I could grow those…..our lake birds eat all ours! Yikes!

    Happy Outdoor Wednesday.


  14. Mama Bear Says:

    I want to plant some Zinnia next year. I think the make such pretty arrangements.
    I had never eaten Tomato pie until June. We had a salad luncheon at our book club and someone brought it. It was very good. Thank you for sharing.
    Mama Bear

  15. Regina Says:

    Wow. These are fantastic.
    Have a nice day and happy outdoor.

  16. Mary Says:

    Your garden is really coming along. The recipe is appreciated and will be used. Have a great day.

  17. Lisa Says:

    Your garden looks great! Not too long until the corn is ready!

    Have a great day!

  18. Cami @ Creating Myself Says:

    You’ve captured some great shots…Happy Outdoor Wednesday!

  19. Rebecca Says:

    Great garden!! You should really be proud!!

  20. RobinfromCA Says:

    Wow! You have a bounty of fresh, wonderful things growing in your garden!

    Happy Outdoor Wednesday!
    Robin@Miscellaneous Thoughts

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