On the weather front, the sun finally came out yesterday which was very, very nice.  We enjoyed it while it lasted because today is grey again and there is a chance of rain which is a miracle so late in the year!

Yesterday Justin sprayed the entire yard with garlic to prevent any mildew, blight, etc. Everyone who came by to visit the urban homestead thought we were cooking something garlicy and we had to explain that it was a foliar spray application.

On the homefront.

Stealing the quote from Beany here…

Life is hard. One can choose to live a life with purpose or without purpose. The choice is up to the individual.
– Jules Dervaes

While our part of our life is in a slightly chaotic state the one thing that remains true is the urban homestead.  The urban homestead anchors our lives and is constant thread that keeps our heads above water.   Urban homesteading is not just about growing food, raising animals, etc it’s where one finds a meaning and purposeful life.   So while our blog maybe clutter with the latest happenings in our lives the garden’s growing, the animals just as funny and charming as ever and to do projects pile up.

Having got a chance to visit a farm last weekend and seeing that we one day like’d to have a couple acres of our own you can’t help solidify our belief that the modern system has it all wrong.  Wealth isn’t in the form of stuff or how much money one makes.  That true riches come with a hard days work and land, water and all the fruit you can pick (yeah, I am a fruit fanatic, dreaming of a large orchard of my very own)

Well any sizable piece of land isn’t coming our way anytime soon (still praying though) , lots to be done today – this week, so I better get a move on.

But in between goings on I did get a chance to upload photos taken this week  Enjoy!

Oh and check out the Queen’s new veg patch.   Everywhere you turn nowadays people are digging in and growing their own.

Edible landscaping in the front yard

Blueberry batch

Seed saving

Kitty checks out the garden

Purple basil and swiss chard


Swiss chard

Pole beans

Green little apricots wait for the sun to appear and ripen


  1. CityFarmin says:

    Your garden is beautiful and you are such an inspiration. Keep up the great work and I can’t wait to see the tally for your harvest! P.S. I think you should publish a cookbook!!! I would be the first in line for a digital or print version!

  2. Miranda Jane from Maine says:

    Very lovely post. I have been thinking a lot about how the world has it all wrong. Money and symbols of money such a shark fin soup are destroying humanity and the world. And what good is can’t take it with you as they say.

    Thank you for being an inspiration to so many and for pioneering a better way of life so that people like me can learn from what you have accomplished and hopefully follow your lead. Living in Maine makes that a challenge as the grow season here is only 4 months long, at best. We are working on converting our house into a big indoor garden for the long winter months.

    • Joshua says:

      @Miranda Jane from Maine,

      What have you found useful in terms of indoor gardening? have you tried fiberoptic daylighting? please email me, thanks Miranda Jan!

  3. Miranda Jane from Maine says:

    Oh and Cityfarmin’s idea of a cookbook is a GREAT idea. You could include pictures of your beautiful garden and tips on how to stay organic. All the food you post is so mouth watering-delicious looking! I would by it, lol.

  4. Darren (Green Change) says:

    It’s great to see the Queen growing vegies! Here in Australia, there’s a push to get our Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, to put in a vegie patch at his official residence too:

  5. Chiot's Run says:

    So true! There’s nothing more satisfying than being able to provide for yourself in a hands-on kind of way. We’ve been enjoying our bountiful harvest with a great satisfaction of knowing that we can provide for ourselves and we’ve built a network of similarly minded people locally that we can work together with.

  6. Maria Miller says:

    I didn’t think we could grow blueberries here. Do you have any advice for me? By the way your garden looks delicious.

  7. Nancy says:

    What a beautiful post from Beany and what a magnificent quotation of Jules’.

    As Dylan would say “you got to serve somebody” (and you do whether you know it or not).

    I love that she found speaking with Jules reassuring!

    Someday I must meet you folks, one tends to idealize people and forget that they are real!

    Beautiful photos as usual.


  8. DoubleD says:

    The constancy of the garden and the humility that must come from working with nature – are both very “grounding” for the spirit. A hard day of productive labor is good for body and soul too!

    The garden looks beautiful and productive (as always!).

  9. Val says:

    garden is looking amazing!! Love the quote, so absolutely true!!

  10. littlegreengardengal says:

    Just wanted to say my bumper sticker came in the mail today and is already on my car. Thanks!!

  11. Mary Hysong says:

    Hi: I looooove to look at your garden pics, always 😉
    could you perhaps show a close up of the tomato trellis? Especially how it is fastened together at the top? I think I want to do one like that next year, but no sense reinventing the wheel if I don’t have too.

    Also I’m pretty darn good at identifying plants, but what are the ones in the photo marked seed saving? Tho I venture one looks like oregano….

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