There’s certainly a lot to be thankful for here on our little urban homestead.

Another pictureful post for you to enjoy.

Have a wonderful and blessed holiday.

Best friends.  Lucie and Estella are like two peas in a pod.  They hang out together and these Belgian banties, though small have such big attitudes are such a riot to watch.

Fairlight hangs out on the back porch using the branches of free food Justin trimmed from a neighbor’s tree as a comfy bed!

Estella thinks she’ll join the duck clan

Amy taking a “water therapy” swim.  We threw in a handful of freshly picked sorrel for her to nibble on.

Ladybug always a welcome sight here in the garden.

The urban farmers work on fall plantings and preparing the garden for winter (the cattle panels keep our kitties from using the newly planted beds as their litter box)

Cabbage (from

In transition – summer to fall garden. The cattle panels are used to keep our kitties from using the newly transplanted or planted beds as their litter box.

Low impact gardening – one trowel revolution

Going up!   This fall the farmers here added another layer to the 50 raised beds.

Potatoes in a homemade self watering pot using clay pot irrigation (or ollas)

It’s chilly outside but still barefootin’

Dance of the hummingbird

Graceful visitor the garden


  1. Michelle says:

    I was wondering about the cattle panels…I’m glad you let us in on that!

  2. Margy says:

    Too late for outdoor gardening for me, but I still have some root crops in the ground that will last a month or so. We are heading your way for a week in the sun, been pretty rainy up here in BC.

  3. viggie says:

    Happy Thanksgiving 🙂

  4. Vicki Atz says:

    Such a nice treasure of pictures! So happy to see little Miss Amy doing swimingly!!
    Indeed we have a lot to be thankful for! Bless you all. Lots of love, Vicki

  5. dan says:

    You guys have really beautiful raised garden beds. I have always been planning and trying to build one but i cant find good quality untreated wood at a good price. I live next to Pasadena, in Eagle Rock. Would you guys please share where you get that awesome wood.

  6. DAn says:

    You guys have beautiful garden beds. I have always wanted to build one but i cant find good quality untreated wood at a good price. I live next to pasadena in Eagle Rock. Would you guys please share where you get that awesome wood. Thanks

  7. Sonja says:

    I’ve always been inspired by your website, and especially your pics. One question, though (and I’m not criticizing): Why do you keep making your raised beds taller? I thought that every year of adding compost to raised beds made the native soil in the beds better & better. I would have thought with all the years you guys have been growing there, the whole back yard would have been a gardeners paradise by now.

  8. Helen says:

    Thanks for the pics! Glad to see Miss Amy is feeling better, too. Hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving.

  9. Jed says:

    I sure would be happy to drop $5 to you guys through paypal for a short 5-10 page .pdf file just showing how you construct, plant and maintain your raised beds. I’ve looked all over the web and for some reason, I just think you guys got it figured out right and would love to learn from your expertise. Might be a nice, easy added revenue source unless of course, a book is in the works. 🙂

    As always, I enjoy my daily visits to the journal and hold you and your family in the highest esteem.


  10. CE says:

    My elderly dog used to love to sleep on the june strawberry bed in the summer when the plants were all full and healthy. It played havoc with the plants. But the dog was old and arthritic so I just didn’t have the heart to fuss at him or move him. Now he is gone and it is a happy rememberance whenever I see that strawberry bed.

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