A Southern Garden Grows

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. RobinfromCA Avatar

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

    Happy Outdoor Wednesday!
    Robin@Miscellaneous Thoughts

  2. Rebecca Avatar

    Great garden!! You should really be proud!!

  3. Cami @ Creating Myself Avatar

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

  4. Lisa Avatar

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

    Have a great day!

  5. Mary Avatar

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

  6. Regina Avatar

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

  7. Mama Bear Avatar

    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

  8. Barb Avatar

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

    Happy Outdoor Wednesday.


  9. KBeau Avatar

    Beautiful things in your garden. Thanks for the recipe.

  10. Tina @ Enchanted Rose Studio Avatar

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

    Thanks for sharing!


  11. Rainey Avatar

    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~

  12. Joyce Avatar

    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

  13. Sherry Avatar

    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

  14. Pat Avatar

    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!


  15. Becky K. Avatar

    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

  16. Carrie Avatar

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

  17. Sheila Avatar

    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 🙂

  18. Christine Avatar

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

  19. Jadehollow Avatar

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

  20. Janie G Avatar

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

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