Flowering kale. Saute with a little olive oil for a tasty treat.

Justin working on his urban bee operation. Fairlight could care less

Seedlings everywhere!

Justin has ""bait hives scattered thru out the yard to catch wild bees

Bean seedlings

Backyard garden

Baby roses


Bulls blood beet

Snow peas

Blue hibiscus


Clusters of baby roses

I just love seeing seeds pop out of the soil


Pineapple guava (flowers are edible!)


Bantam chicken


Hops start crawl across the arbor


Miners lettuce

Baby rose

Bloody dock

Walking onions

Bronze fennel

Lemon verbena


Bulls blood beet catches the evening sun

Onions, kale and mints

Baby chard

Raised beds full of tasty and colorful greens

Flowering carrot

Giant broccoli

More tomato starts

O THE month of May, the merry month of May,
So frolic, so gay, and so green, so green, so green!

Thomas Dekker

Hope you enjoyed a little peek into our garden to see what’s growing on.  Such beauty and bounty can’t help but think of my favorite verse: “let us rejoice and be glad”


  1. elaine nieves says:

    Those garden pictures are so beautiful! You have an artist’s eye for taking photos. You are right when you say that when you see such beauty in nature and right in your backyard it makes one happy and joyful. May your Spring continue to be bountiful.

    • Anais says:

      @elaine nieves: Thank you! Wishing you a wonderful and glorious day!

  2. Pat says:


    I love looking at your pictures. I was seeing your picture of walking onions, and did a quick search online; I’m finding these grow wild on our property.
    Could you tell me how you use these? I think, my hubby may have mowed our all down {cringe}… So a tender spring harvest is out. However, these will grow again before it gets too hot, they grow so fast here.

    I’d love to know more uses for them and any suggestions you may have. Maybe I can grow some in area not prone to mowing!


    • Ruth G says:

      Yes Anais, I too would love some ideas on how to use these. A friend gave us a transplant a couple of years ago but I don’t know what to do. Do I wait for the bulbs to appear and eat those? Do I eat the stalks like spring onions? I’m puzzled, so any ideas would be appreciate.
      Ruth in NH

    • Anais says:

      @Pat: Sure Check out this link

  3. Jeni Vandall says:

    Stunning!!!! I too love watching little seedlings poke their way through the dirt! There really just isn’t anything like it! Such satisfaction!

    • Anais says:

      @Jeni Vandall: Amen

  4. jason says:

    I love the pictures of all of your plants. Are all of your fruit trees container grown? I saw in one pic (in the archives) it looked like you were growing trees in unglazed chimney liners. If thats true what do you put under them to keep the roots from runnning?

    Thanks an thanks for the inspiration


    • Anais says:

      @jason: No, not all the fruit trees are container grown. Many are planted in the soil. Yes, we are. How observant. We are growing kumquats and I don’t think their roots are too invasive.

  5. terri says:

    Love how healthy and sturdy the stems on your little seedlings are — evidence of great soil! And it never ceases to amaze me how many kinds of plants you grow on your property! The photos are stunning; thank you for sharing!

    • Anais says:

      @terri: Thank you for commenting. Glad to know you are enjoying the photos as much as I enjoy taking them.

  6. Dan Langhoff says:

    Great pictures as always Anais. Since your property and my property are in very similar climates, I love to reference your gardens to compare progress notes. If you have a minute take a look at my gardens here:

    It looks like some of my tomatoes/beans/squash are further along, but I planted them in February hoping to get a good jump on the Southern California spring growing season while risking frost. But luckily it never came.

    You do have an art of photography and your garden pictures are always stunning.

    PS, if its not cool with you for me to post a link to my pictures, just let me know and I’ll take them down.

    Good growing!


    • Anais says:

      @Dan Langhoff: Thanks! Sure, that’s fine, no problem. Your garden looks great, luv the scarecrow, er, scare “dude” 🙂 Hope things are well in your neck of the woods.

  7. Mitzy says:

    You have by far the most visually appealing and most informative website on urban homesteading. Nothing else compares to it. Others may write about it but few do it. Thanks for all that you do!

  8. Shanon Hilton says:

    I’m ‘green’ with envy. Up in Canada where we live, we’re still waiting for the snow to melt so we can start planting! I have to satisfy myself with your lovely pictures for a few more weeks.

    • Anais says:

      @Shanon Hilton: Hope Spring comes soon!

  9. Manuel says:

    Waw! What a beautiful pictures! I wonder if you guys are on the same longitude as we are here in Belgium, here the seedlings are doing well but many on your picture are way ahead 🙂 Of course I’m just a starter so I got to learn still a lot! Thanks for your blog!


    • Anais says:

      @Manuel: Hello! Thank you for your positive comments. You are from Belgium? That’s so neat because my great grandfather and grandmother are from Belgium. Actually we still have many relatives there at one time, a long time ago. The Dervaes’ had a nursery there in Maldegen and another relative owned and operated the DeWae Royal Corset factory. Sadly these two establishments are long done. Hope to keep in touch. 🙂

  10. Sharna says:

    Thanks for the inspirational pictures! My peas and squash seedlings just showed their little faces out of the soil today. I’m so excited!

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