45 pounder!

It’s about time I posted something here this week!  Our apologies to readers if you’ve been popping on over here each morning and seeing nadda new posts.  No, we haven’t been on vacation (sure could do with one though).

There’s a lot on our plates right now (carry a lot of new projects!) and we are just plowing thru a heavy workload at the moment which leaves me little time or energy to bring you updates from the urban homestead.

Don’t think the intense heat and humidity has helped this week either – leaves one little energy to do much expect want to sit in tub all day slurping on juicy oranges.  Urgh.  But the roller coaster weather will strike again.  After insufferable heat we had this week with temps in the triple digits, come the weekend it will be time to bring out those sweaters as temps dip 30 degrees and feel more like fall.  Ahhhh.  That would sure be a welcome relief so I can at least tackle the mountain of produce that’s piling up in the kitchen.  I didn’t do much canning this week because didn’t see the point in torturing myself and the household heating up the kitchen hotter than it already was.

Despite my wanting to make a habit of Friday “Round Ups,” looks like that will be published instead on Sunday.   Then ya’ll can check out what we’ve been up to!

Right now I have to attend to our Front Porch Farm Stand Customers!

I'd like two pounds of oranges and two of grapefruit - please!


  1. Dog Island Farm says:

    Giant pumpkins! So if that one is 45lbs I can’t wait to find out how much our huge ones are. My husband is convinced that the one that is larger than our 60lb dog is only 20lbs. I think it weighs more.

  2. Mark P says:

    Hey! I’m a new follower and wanted to say hi. I just started a kitchen garden this past spring and am devouring any knowledge I can get my hands on about homesteading as I prepare to buy land in the next year (**crosses fingers**). Ya’ll are a huge encouragement simply living the life you live and sharing it with us. Can’t wait to read more Sunday!


    • Anais says:

      @Mark P: A warm howdy to you! Wishing you all the best on your journey. Can’t wait till Sunday huh, me too! 😉

  3. Chris says:

    WOW … now that’s a pumpkin! Is this a farmstand pumpkin or an eatin’ pumpkin or a canning pumpkin? What’s this pumpkin’s future? 🙂

    • Anais says:

      @Chris: I know, she’s certainly a big beauty. The pumpkin (for now) is a centerpiece on the dinning room table. 😉

  4. Diane@Peaceful Acres says:

    Wow, that’s one big pumpkin!!!

    BTW, I don’t know where else to send this but I know you’ll see it here….I can’t get logged in on the new site or I just might write something. I know my password, but it’s not taking my email and password together and says someone already has that email. Oy. HELP!

    Also, I’m 3 weeks NO POO!!!!! AND I used Henna!!! Pretty exciting for an old gal like me! It covered my grey pretty well! This has nothing to do with your pumpkins…so I’ll say good bye, have a lovely weekend!

    • Anais says:

      @Diane@Peaceful Acres: Sorry about the login problem – which site would that be or Let me know so we can go into the backend to see what’s up!
      Whoop on the no-poo and henna (will you be posting pics on your blog?) I want to do a no poo/henna post – soon. Have a lovely weekend too! Don’t forget to let me know what site you are having trouble logging into!

  5. Sandra Petty says:

    I’m wondering if you use anything to help keep the insects from damaging your crops? Aside of issues that can be attended to with effort and patience, the biggest challenge we’re having with growing our own food is trying to keep insects away, organically. Maybe it’s simply just me, but I get lost in all the info out there, especially when the bugs continue to eat the garden and damage the plants despite our efforts. I know that every area, terrain and location has needs specific to that locale, but do you have any solid, time tested advice for a beginner organic gardener, something I can expand upon in my area?
    By the way, you guys are simply awesome. I thank you for sharing your lives as you simply do what’s needed and natural for yourselves. It’s got to be the very best feeling in the world to be doing what you know is the right thing for yourselves and to have even made that an option in your lives. I know that takes a specific kind of strength that not everyone understands. KUDOS to you all! Maybe by asking for help I’ve revealed that I haven’t completely gone through your blogs, there are so many different things to see and go through…but I’ll attempt to do so as time becomes available. Trying to raise a garden and work a seperate job is a challenging thing for me, but I would love to get myself into a position where I earn a living through the good graces of the earth, the plants, the seeds and the methods I learn through trial and error that work best. I, too, believe the world is going in that direction and for me…the sooner the better.
    Bless you, your family, your home, the beautiful plants and animals that share space with you and all the lives you touch.
    Sandra Petty

    • Anais says:

      @Sandra Petty: Very good question. I asked Farmer Justin to take on this question and hopefully he’ll be answering it on the new site. Thank you too for your positive comments and encouragement. Your email to Jordanne yesterday really meant a lot – she was struggling with the upgrades about to pull her hair out and your kind and encouraging email made her feel so much better. Not to mention, this comment too. Really makes our day – really! We are blessed to be able to share our journey with with. Thank you again!

  6. kitsapFG says:

    It’s a good busy isn’t it? In the pacific northwest we have had a very cool summer and the summer heat loving crops have been pouting as a result. Normally I would be up to my eyeballs in tomatoes, corn, and cukes and processing them by canning or freezing – but this year – we are just eking out enough of these crops for fresh eating purposes and nothing more. There is still time left this fall if it is a mild and dry one – but I am not holding my breath. The good side of that coin though is that our fall/winter crops are coming along beautifully and our spring crops were particularly nice this year as well. You work with what you are dealt.

    The pumpkin is a thing of beauty. 😀

    • Anais says:

      @kitsapFG: You are so right when you say “you work with what you are dealt with.” Thanks for sharing and here’s to a bountiful harvest!

  7. Annette Triplett @ CoMo Homestead says:

    That is very impressive! What variety is it? Is it one that you trellised, or grew on the ground?

    • Anais says:

      @Annette Triplett @ CoMo Homestead: She’s not the only big beauty, there’s more and they’ve been trellised. One thing about growing in small spaces you have to upscale your gardening efforts.

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