Mary, Mary, quite contrary, How does your garden grow?
Hopefully you don't know a child that is quite contrary (although I suspect on some days you might), but you probably do know one who would be interested in seeing how a garden grows. Many people have enjoyed looking at the snapdragon garden that children created here at the library this summer.
The Des Plaines Park District garden plots are a great place to see how a vegetable garden grows. There are dozens of small plots located north of Terrace School on Westgate Road. Each one is unique. I can't guarantee that you'll see plants
With silver bells and cockle shells, And pretty maids all in a row.
but you might see corn, tomatoes, eggplants, cucumbers, onions, fava beans, and lots of other plants that you may not even be able to name. At this time of year some of the vegetables are ready to harvest, so it's a great time to visit.
Who knows? You might be so interested that you will want to sign up for your own garden plot next year. In that case, it's not too early to start reading up on vegetable gardening (or Mother Goose rhymes). Here are some of my favorites.