After a week of hot & muggy temps, the weather’s been absolutely incredible.  I have to pinch myself, doesn’t feel like summer.  Definitely not complaining – it’s perfect.

Almost too perfect.

Not quite sure what the cooler than normal temps will do to the summer crops but the weigh in for July stands in at


Honey: 81 lbs

Produce: 1,110 lbs (this is NOT a typo)

Eggs:  45 Duck  / 63 Chickens


3650 lbs  Produce

81 lbs Honey

250 Duck Eggs

503  Chicken Eggs

Keeping track of our harvest keeps on on track with our growing efforts.   Over the last decade we have show that small can be beautiful and productive.   Folks often wonder how it is that we grow so much on a 1/10 acre (if an acre is, say, $1.00, we are growing on a dime)   We don’t take kindly to empty space,.  Every space is utilized whether it be the parking strip or growing vertically against a cinder block wall.   The smallness of the property has forced us to compact our thinking/growing efforts to make use of the space that is available to us.

Another part of our success has to do with succession plantings, crop rotation and the cultivation of the soil.   Not only are we growing food for substance and subsistence but we are improving our surroundings.    Folks often tell us that just as soon as they step foot on the property that “the air smells better.”  Could it be that our little farm is also improving the air quality?  Could it be all these plants are helping to clean the air?  I would certainly thinks so and wouldn’t be interesting if someone from Cal Tech or JPL would come and do a study and check up on what our noses are picking up.

It all comes down to quality of life and by growing something, anything you are improving your life one step at time.

How’s does your garden grow?

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  1. Tamlynn says:

    Excellent harvest!

    I only got to count 20 days of July as we went on vacation and our neighbors got to harvest 10 days worth. I was going to ask them to weigh everything they picked, but that seemed a bit excessive. Anyway, 65 lbs for me! My entire lot is 50×100 feet.

    • Anais says:

      @Tamlynn: Good growing!

  2. Dan Langhoff says:

    My July harvest tally is in! 208 lbs of produce, 131 eggs! And here is the breakdown: 87 lbs tomatoes, 25 lbs cucumbers, 23 lbs breakfast melons, 17 lbs zucchini, 17 lbs watermelon, 7 lbs summer squash, 6 lbs sweet corn, 5 lbs onion, 5 lbs apples, 4 lbs bell peppers, 4 lbs mulberries and more! Great month, got a lot of canning and freezing in, stockpiling for winter.

    • Anais says:

      @Dan Langhoff: Congrats! Happy harvesting and putting up!

  3. Dorothy says:

    I wish my totals were as good as what you all are getting! I have a small hobby garden, with plans to EXPAND significantly for next year. My numbers for July aren’t in pounds, they’re in total count. I have to battle rabbits and a 2 year old who likes to “harvest” things he shouldn’t.
    Green Beans-12 oz
    Cilantro-8 handfuls

    • Anais says:

      @Dorothy: Every bit counts! No matter how small a harvest, it certainly puts a dent in the food bill. Kudos to you and all the best – keep on growing!

  4. Tessa says:

    I have to tell you that I’m so encouraged after reading this and other pages on your blog. I’ve recently moved from a zone 8 (Portland, OR) to a much colder zone 5 (or less, Redmond OR) and I’m starting all over. My garden in Portland wasn’t anywhere near as sustainable as yours is, but I was getting there. The soil here is almost void of any organic matter so soil building it top on my list. Although I’ve built soil before, I’m always looking for better methods so any suggestions (from the experts!) would be helpful and appreciated!

    • Yanna says:


      I too made the move from Zone 8 to Zone 5 – it’s quite a change! I’m not sure what you are planning to grow but there is a very reasonable variety of dwarf fruit trees that do well in Zone 5 (I’ve had success with Trees of Antiquity and Raintree, in your neck of the woods), as well as hardy kiwis and perennial vegetables like nettles, horseradish, asparagus and so on.

      For soil building, you might consider using the furry compost power of rabbits with their “magic bunny poo” – their waste doesn’t require composting so you can turn it right into the soil. Also 25# sacks of rabbit feed (primarily alfalfa!) break down very quickly in the soil over the winter. Not as sustainable an option, certainly, but a good jump start as you prepare your beds late in the season. Of course, you can always plant winter wheat or barley and turn it in come spring time. There is a great variety of cover crop seed available at GrowOrganic (Peaceful Valley Organic Farm Supply).

      I’ll be interested to see what other suggestions you receive here. 🙂

      Regards from Zone 5A in Northeastern Illinois!

    • Anais says:

      @Tessa: Hmmm, building soil. Well, we took the LONG and SLOW way. 20 plus years of constant mulching and composting. The most dramatic difference we saw was when we started raising animals 8 or so years ago. Their manure has certainly helped give our soil a boost.

  5. Sheryl at Providence Acres Farm says:

    I like your site! Its refreshing to find one such as your’s in today’s world and economy! We are also on the road to self sufficiency, one step at a time! We moved to the country about three years ago. I, too, have a country DIY blog designed to help others on their journey to independance and creativity.

    • Anais says:

      @Sheryl at Providence Acres Farm: Thanks for the positive comments, our family is blessed that we are able to share our journey – encouraging and inspiring along the way. All the best on your journey, thanks for commenting and welcome!

      • Kevin says:

        Hm. I’m glad I read this. Chickens are still ‘illegal’ here and I’ve been wondering if plant mulch would be enough. Sounds like bringing in some manure from a local farm may be a wise move afterall…

  6. Laura Jeanne @ Getting There says:

    What an amazing harvest! What you guys do really is incredible.

  7. Suseon says:

    Well, we are growing in a Zone 5 and have a little bit smaller property than you guys do. It is also only our second year and we have quite a bit of work to do on soil building as well. Rabbit poo definitely helps! We were inspired by you to start tallying this year and so our July harvest here in Michigan was 66 pounds. August is looking great already with 43 pounds in two days now that the tomatoes and watermelon are in season. We’ll also have potatoes, corn, peppers and of course more zucchini to weigh down those baskets! Thanks for all of your great inspiration, I even made myself a pretty apron recently!

    • Anais says:

      @Suseon: Tallying up the harvest helps! We have a weigh station at the backdoor – with a scale, pad and pencil. Sure we sometimes get lazy and grab a few handfuls without weighing. LOL Aprons are fun and so practical. Hope your’s has POCKETS. Pockets are a must! LOL I wear mine ALL the time. Love this little article about aprons http://www.tngenweb.org/campbell/hist-bogan/Aprons.html

  8. Tim says:

    116 lbs of produce and 82 eggs!

    • Anais says:

      @Tim: Cool, that’s 116 lbs and 82 eggs off the your FOOD PRINT 😉

  9. Brooke says:

    We just finished our first true garden and July’s total was 60.75 pounds. Not to shabby for a 10×10 foot garden and one fruit tree. We are planning to expand this spring.

    • Anais says:

      @Brooke: Congrats, that’s great. Happy growing!

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