Picking greens for our customers

It’s MUCH cooler this week!  So much so there’s even a chance of showers!  And ya’ll know that saying “April showers bring May flowers! “ What a blessing more rain will be.  Pretty soon, we’ll need a machete to get thru the mess of greens that are growing like gangbusters.

If there are any serious JUICERS in the area, you need to stop by our front porch farm stand (call first for appointment) because we have greens coming out of our ears!   Lucky for all you front porch farm stand customers, I’ll be sending out a e blast offering  a 2 for 1 special.    Oh, and we just added the wonderfully spicy wild arugula, sorrel and fruity herb mix.  Sorry to have to report the honey comb is all SOLD out.   So is the unblanched celery, bronze fennel and avocados.

These past few days have been just perfect – weather wise.   Had a lot of work to do in the garden, so I brought along my camera.

Thought it was high time for a pictorial post!   Oh, speaking of pictures, Jordanne just informed me that she’s got a new platform for the photo gallery, making it easier to view and update.  She says it has really “sweet” features, one of which will allow uploading more photos all at once.  If that’s true, then I can finally be able to easily share with ya’ll a few more THOUSAND  photos – I’m not kidding.     I know how everyone LOVES picture books so I am really looking forward to it!

Here’s some springtime inspiration from our urban homestead to yours.   Enjoy!

Speckled lettuce

Rainbow chard

Planting boxes filled with salad greens

Extra greens for the girls, beware the feeding frenzy that ensued!

Potatoes and garlic

First harvest of blueberries! I foresee blueberry pancakes VERY SOON!

Seed trays filled with seedlings of every kind

Back patio and outdoor shower (and worm composting unit - it's hidden behind the citrus tree)

Arugula - my favorite!

Blue curly kale - another favorite!

Look what's coming up in the greenhouse

Almost strawberry fields, forever!

Another row of seedlings

I hear sawing! Another building project?

Yep, sure nuff!

Stacks and stacks of wheatgrass flats

Ollas and strawberry pots

Beans are in the ground!

Pretty wildflower

Herb garden

Garlic and compost heap

Kitchen garden bed and earth oven

Planting shed and buckets filled with homegrown soil

Nasturtiums are growing up the bike wheel trellises and up the fence line

I spy apricots!

Sun ovens warm up dinner and hanging herb baskets are filling in

Another trellis. Going to plant a grape I hear.

Whew, that was some tour! I'm tuckered... till next time!

PS: Looking for seeds?  The spring collection of seeds are already sold out, so hurry to get your summer vegetable seeds while supplies last!

The ollas are all sold out expect for a few 1 1/2 gallon.  Don’t know when the next shipment will be but will keep everyone posted.     Another shipment of soil blocks arrived and are back in stock, these handy dandy tool is a MUST for any serious gardener.

And last, but not least.  All those who pre ordered bare root strawberries, sorry to have to inform you that the second shipment never arrived!   Somewhere out there is a box filled with a thousand strawberry plants.  Sure hope someone finds them a good home and plants them!


  1. Nebraska Dave says:

    Anais, I always like your picture tours and am looking forward to the thousands more pictures. Every time I look at your pictures I find myself looking at the structures you have built to grow vertically. My desire is to grow up as much as I can. I’ve even considered layer growing such as you have done with your wheat grass. It just confirms my suspicion that it can be done for certain plants.

    Have a great California day and I hope you get your rain.

    • Anais says:

      @Nebraska Dave: Glad you were able to glean some ideas. Pictures sure do speak for themselves. We are having a GREAT California day, hope you are having a GREAT NEBRASKA one 😉

  2. susane says:

    Wow these pics are great…Your family is sure talented at growing all the fruits and veggies…I hope to some day have the same knack…:)…Cause this would be a dream come true for me…Maybe some day I will visit your homestead and check out your produce on the porch…Keep up the good work.

    • Anais says:

      @susane: glad you enjoyed them. We do have a knack when it comes to growing things, thanks to my grandfather and greatgrandfather and great great grandfather. So we can’t take all the credit. Sure, we always love visitors. Give us a ring when you are in town. Happy spring!

  3. Hana says:

    I always love seeing the pictures – even if it puts my struggling NorCal garden to shame (for now). You have found so many ways to use nature to its fullest – thank you for sharing!

    • Anais says:

      @Hana: Glad you enjoyed our recent picture tour of the garden. No, no, growing efforts should be shameful! Should be proud! We are lucky we have so many hands, sure keeps us all busy! Happy growing and our family wishes you a bountiful and productive season.

  4. amy manning says:

    Very inspirational! Photo posts are the best. I’m jealous of your zone.

    • Anais says:

      @amy manning: Glad you enjoyed the picture post!

  5. Samara says:

    Hello! My discovery of this site is quite recent. My Great Aunt recently visited my family and I in a little place called Tasmania, the little island off the bottom of Australia. After seeing my (fledgling) attempts at my veggie garden and (among other things) my general enthusiasm for all things chicken, she recommended that I see the webpage of some people that she knows. You! So I must say that I am very excited to see all that you have achieved and are achieving. Seasonally we are in Autumn, but the weather seems to have been rather erratic this year and so we are still experiencing some quite warm days. Though never warm enough to grow oranges etc to the extent that you do – very jealous. I was particularly excited to see someone else growing, (what looks to be) my very cute, freckle-y lettuce. As we have just finished our summer season our stone fruits have generally finished and it was not a particularly good year for us, so I am very impressed with your apricot trees, and it makes me miss the fruits of summer. Your garden/ homestead is beautiful and I look forward to future posts (and hopefully they will include some more pictures of your girls (chickens)!

    • Anais says:

      @Samara: Greetings and warm welcome to you. Yep, sure know the place. I was born in New Zealand so quite familiar with that part of the world down under. I love the freckled lettuce too! Don’t worry, there’s loads of cute chicken photos to come. Thanks for dropping in and saying hi. Happy Autumn!

  6. Charlotte says:

    Hi Anais, I’m a local and I saw your comment about removing the date palm. I have a near-non-producing large OLD avocado tree and I wrestle with the guilt of removing it vs. making more productive garden space. Trimming helps, it comes back with gusto. These are tough issues! Good luck with your new found space. And the pics are lovely.

    • Anais says:

      @Charlotte: Thanks! The date palm fronds were always coming down with the winds and breaking our veggies – not to mention a few fronds found their way into our house thru the window (messy!)

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