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We’re staying at home and our routines have changed. For our gardens, this is great news. Our AmeriCorps VISTA, Shirley Stotts, shares about her garden in this blog. As she has updates, we’ll add them to this blog post as well as share them on social media, so be sure to follow Randolph Partnership for Children on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for Shirley’s garden updates!

Shirley Stotts

Meet Shirley Stotts

Hi everyone! I’m excited to share what I’ve been doing outside in my garden. I hope it will inspire you and your children to plant your own garden. Let’s get started!

I planted tomatoes, bell peppers, jalapeño peppers, eggplant, cucumbers, and squash. My uncle bought the tomatoes, bell peppers, and jalapeño peppers from ALDI for $.25 each during the third week of March. I had seed packets for my eggplant, cucumbers, and squash.

My sage, basil, and peppermint herbs are planted in different pots. I started growing peppermint in late February. Peppermint can be used in your food, medicine, and used to make oil for your body/hair

Herbs in Pots


Right now is not the best time to shop for seeds or plants, so here are some resources for starting your garden if you don’t already have things to plant:

Using fresh seeds from vegetables in your kitchen to plant in your garden.

Growing vegetables from seeds.

This year, I started my garden from scratch. It took me, my uncle, mother, and sister about 4 hours to plow it and to put the plants in the ground in March, which is a good time to start planting outside.

Shirley's Garden in March

Shirley’s newly planted garden.

The garden in my backyard will look better once my plants start growing!

April is a good time to plant, too, so if you haven’t started yet, it’s not too late!