Berry good time!



Wild arugula

Duck & chicken eggs

Blueberry patch

Pole beans climb upwards



Last of the big pumpkins

Elephant garlic


Purple broccoli


Soil blocks filled with seedlings

The nursery: trays of soil blocks


Anna apples

Tomatoes and ollas

Squashes grow up the trellis


Chard and olla

Late spring garden

To live, we must daily break the body and shed the blood of creation. When we do it knowingly, lovingly, skillfully, reverently, it is a sacrament. When we do it ignorantly, greedily, destructively, it is a desecration. – Wendell Berry, The Gift of Good Land

This week we were blessed with two, that’s right, two storms which brought us some much needed rain.  What a blessing such rain is so late in the season!

I just LOVE this time of year, don’t you?   What a joy it is to look about the garden, witness seedlings pushing through the soil and anticipating the first fruits and vegetables of the summer season.

I can’t say this enough and I quite possibly sound like a broken record,  but we wouldn’t have the success we have with sowing without out soil blocker – every gardener, farmer should have one.  We’ve had ours for over 15 years and it’s a gardener’s best friend.

What sorts of goodies are coming from your garden these days?

:: Resources ::

Using Soil Blocks


  1. says:

    Beautiful photos, beautiful garden, beautiful bounty from God and your hard work! Simply amazing!

    • Anais says: Thank you!

  2. Heather :) :) :) says:

    Wow, look at all that beutiful produce.There’s so much color 😉 🙂 🙂 I really liked the strawberries best 🙂 🙂 I can imagine you’ll have a nice feast with all of that produce 🙂 🙂 Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather 🙂

    • Anais says:

      @Heather 🙂 🙂 :): Hugs to you too!

  3. Florence says:

    Beautiful, just beautiful!!

    • Anais says:

      @Florence: Thanks, glad you enjoy!

  4. Teri says:

    I have never heard of Anna Apples! They are lovely… yum!

  5. Bev says:

    Just beautiful, 🙂

    • Anais says:

      @Bev: Thanks!

  6. Quai's Hollar Farm says:

    Wow, I’m envious, you all are so lucky to get such a bountiful harvest. Those Ana apples are gorgeous as well. I also the like the look of your raised beds, I never did think the concept was a good idea until we bulit ours. I found the boxes keep everything clean and tidy. Best luck to your and your family, happy gardening.

    -Quail’s Hollar Farm

  7. Cj80550 says:

    I love your photo posts! A truly gorgeous garden. Keep up the great blog, I love following along.

    • Anais says:

      @Cj80550: Thank you for the positive comments, appreciate it!

  8. Jim says:

    Love the pictures of the little plants in soil blocks. As a market gardener, I also make thousands of blocks per year, and would never even consider going back to the plug trays. The plants do great in them, and are so easy to set out when they are ready to.

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  9. Leslie says:

    Very inspirational!!!

    • Anais says:

      @Leslie: Thank you!

  10. Diane@Peaceful Acres Farm says:

    That’s a beautiful quote by Wendell Berry. I too love this time of year. Everything is flourishing and looks beautiful. Once the heat hits it becomes wild! Here in Maryland we’ve had an unusual wet and cool season and if we don’t begin to see the sun, we will be growing lettuce and peas for the rest of the year!!!

    I’ll have to try a soil blocker. It seems to me that it must help with rotating crops in and out and not needing an empty bed to get seeds started. You all really do make use of your space incredibly. So much to learn. So little time.

    • Anais says:

      @Diane@Peaceful Acres Farm: Glad you enjoyed the quote, WB is such a wonderful and insightful writer.

  11. Jill P. says:

    Here in N. Florida, the sub-urban garden is really starting to produce. We’re harvesting zucchini, yellow, and trombocino squash, green peppers, tomatoes, green beans, leeks, strawberries, loquats, and a few blueberries. The weather has been unusually dry, which has helped cut down on insects and disease, but increased the water bill. Also harvesting a bumper crop of garlic. We’re going to try drying some and making our own garlic powder.

    • Anais says:

      @Jill P.: Way to grow! Hope ya’ll get some rain.

  12. Susan says:

    That’s a great quote by Wendell Berry. I’ll have to read that book.

    Yes I love this season because cherries are at the farmer’s markets!! I made cherry jam for the first time last weekend – yummy!

    • Anais says:

      @Susan: YUMMMY!

  13. elaine nieves says:

    Wow! You’ve done it again. Those are amazing photos, and your garden produce looks fantastic. I guess the bees have really started to produce lots of honey. Glad to see them back and healthy again.

    • Anais says:

      @elaine nieves: Thank you, so glad you enjoying the photos.

  14. jengod says:

    Magical. That purple broccoli is particularly gorgeous.

    • Anais says:

      @jengod: Thank yoU!

  15. Christine says:

    As always your photos are beautiful. As Diane said, here in MD the weather has been very wet, but things are starting to look nice and really take off once we see a week of sunny days. I am curious about your cucumbers. Do you have cucumber beetles in CA? If so, how do you deal with them? I planted out beautiful plants, but the beetles are getting to enjoy them before we get an cucumbers. Thanks!

    • Anais says:

      @Christine: No, not that I know of. Have you tried NEEM?

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