The dog days of summer have begun. Our garden is in the ‘summer mode’ filled with beans, corn, tomatoes, squash, peppers, berries, etc.    

This year we grew some heirloom, Indian corn and they are growing well. One variety ‘Hopi Blue’ is over 9 feet high.  

We are also growing a variety of heirloom tomatoes, but for some reason, we are continuing to have problems with blight. Even so, we are harvesting a wonderful array of yellow, pink, green, purple, and etc., tomatoes of all sizes. The bright colors make great dishes, especially salsa.

With the bountiful blessings that God has provided us, we have cut down on how much we purchase at the grocery store. So much so, that we have to only purchase “staples” such as: flour, bread, rice, butter and cheese, sugar, etc. 

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Hello, five years later! See how far we’ve all come! (And how much further there is to go…)

  2. Tina says:

    I have recently found this site and am very inspired by it. Although we have almost 2 acres we were born & raised in the city and are starting small as we learn. Most of our land is covered in the infamous kudzu that is taking over the south. As a homeschool, SAHM, my goal is to provide as much of our food as possible and become self sufficient as possible. I have started making dandelion jelly, started a worm bin, learning about that wild plants growing in the area, learning about keeping chickens and cleared a space for a small garden. Can you give any tips or sites that help with planting in clay soil or irradicating kudzu? Keep up the good work and God bless!

  3. Anais says:

    Thanks Tina for your positive and encouraging comments. A warm welcome to you.

    Wishing you all the best in your journey.

    See you along the path.

  4. Christine says:

    Thank you for such wonderful insight on urban farming! I was wondering if Tina could fence off a place for a garden and let her chickens run in it for the rest of the summer and winter. Would the chickens kill the Kudzu? Is it poisonous?If not then it would be plant free and a little fertilized as well. God Bless, C

  5. Lahela says:

    I noticed your comment about a strange blight on your tomatoes. I’ve been having the same problem with my heirloom Purple Russians–just came out of nowhere! I pruned them back and am praying for the best. I’ve been meaning to ask how do you deal with ants? So many invasives have reached Hawai’i and these small biting ants eat everything in sight, roots on up. I think these ones might have even been what killed the ants I knew as a child.

    I have my own all natural non-chemical body products company so I made a soap/neem/essential oils mix, which works great on everything BUT ants >__> How do you cope?

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