It’s been a busy past few days and looks to be shaping up to another busy week.

Tackling so many projects all at once have really disrupted our planting rhythms this year – it’s been weird year no thanks to the weather either. Six years ago when Jules decided take our “hobby gardening” and garden/farm “for reals” everything took on a whole ‘nother perspective. Our family tries to take as much artificial dependence we can on having others grow our fruits and vegetables for us. If it isn’t growing in our garden then we try as best we can to abstain from buying it (although we sometimes have to supplement our diet with onions, potatoes and occasionally some fruit).   It’s been certainly learning experience how to depend on the earth for your daily bread. Growing your own food definitely requires some discipline but the skills and knowledge is priceless, in addition, you gain power and freedom.

Since the redesign of the backyard (and roof work) there are a lot of crops that were left homeless, so now that we’ve gone through one year with the “new backyard” the garden should be even better next Spring. We’ll have permanent homes for staple crops like potatoes and sweet potatoes.

Last week, the guys worked in the front yard getting the annual beds ready for swiss chards, collards, broccoli, kale and perhaps some cabbage.   We are still harvesting guavas and last week we picked over 12 lbs of pomegranates (much better harvest than last year with about 3 fruit). One whooper of a pomegranate weighed in over 1 lb, wonder if it had anything with location? The two pomegranates are growing in the rich soil of the animal’s enclosure — getting all that rich nutrients from the mulch, manure and duck pond water.  

Another tropical delight that just ripened are pineapple guava. If you never have tasted one of these fruits you are certainly missing a treat. The fruits are very aromatic and they have a rose, apple, strawberry, pineapple taste – delicious!


The bright redtamarillos are almost ripe!

On Friday we put up 8 bottles of elderberry wine, we had a bit leftover which we enjoyed with our Friday evening meal. It tasted like wine but really didn’t give you a “buzz.”   With this being our first time at winemaking we have really nothing to compare it to – is it good, or ok, did we bomb? The peach wine still has to sit a couple more months before we put it up in bottles.

The Fertile Cities

Thanks to Sharon sharing a link to this free downloadable book
‘For Hunger-Proof Cities: Sustainable Urban Food Systems’

The 20th century has witnessed a massive growth in urban populations. In 1990, one-third of the world’s people lived in cities of one million or more. As well, hunger and malnutrition are on the increase worldwide, as the global food system fails to satisfy the growing demand of the urban consumer.For Hunger-proof Cities is the first book to fully examine food security from an urban perspective. It examines existing local food systems and ways to improve the availability and accessibility of food for city dwellers.
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  1. Cheryl says:

    I almost bought a pineapple guava tree this fall, but I don’t have a sheltered enough spot for one (we get the occasional frost during the winter).
    The tamarillos are beautiful!

  2. gerry medland says:

    Hi Anais,
    am envious of those pomegranites!Wowee!As always your updates give us ‘food’ for thought in how we can improve our production and insights into other exciting areas!
    thanx so much

  3. Anonymous says:

    Every year I make a point to purchase one pomogranite, because I love them so. I wince because they have been $2 each. This year they are nearly $3 so I’ve managed to pass them by so far.

    Yes, riches do grow in your garden! 🙂

  4. littlejennywren says:

    The pomegranites are so beautiful. They are on my list of fruit trees to buy. Do you know they also dry really well, not for eating but for decoration or play. My daughter used to play with these and small gourds and horse chestnuts in her pretend kichen , they last forever.

  5. Wildside says:

    That anon. was me, BTW! (Glad I came back because the first time the photos weren’t there for me! OH YUMMY!)

  6. Liz says:

    I’m curious about your wine recipe. Do you add sugar or honey?

    Gorgeous pomegranates!

  7. Marilyn Smith says:

    your web site is GREAT. Can you 1) tell me where to get a pomegranate tree in Houston, Texas and 2) how do you dry pomegranates for decoration. Thank you

  8. SHYAM SUNDER says:

    i am looking for techniques to make dry fruit decoration. I have a farm house in which i cultivate BIXA ANATTO, which gives natural color . will you please inform me how to make commercially viable decoratives out of the bixa fruits.