In every nook and cranny of the garden there are beautiful spring flowers popping out from winter dormancy. The blackberry bush is heavy with clusters of white flowers.
Foregoing the admonition to not count our “blackberries before they ripen,” we
are daringly dreaming of blackberry cobbler, blackberry pie, blackberry jam– mmmmmm. The fragrant blossoms of citrus trees are luring every bee in the area
while the Anna apples are proudly displaying their tiny little fruits. Fresh new leafy
buds adorn the grape vines. New life is everywhere!

Tomato Jungle

After a dreary weekend, the sun’s back, along with warmer temps! The warmer weather will certainly help the tomatoes, peppers and other summer crops.Like every Spring, there is so much work that needs to be done in the garden — at times is can be a bit overwhelming. There are the endless daily tasks not to mention the “plans for the future” that are going to need “dusting off.” In gardening one learns certain tasks can’t be cast aside so the next few months will be a flurry of succession plantings.
Justin is in charge of spreading EM and rock dust all over. The yard has a “dusty” look to it due to all the organic fertilizer that’s being put to use. We do wish we had a bigger lot to have test plots to see which organic method worked (or didn’t work) If this year turns out to be an outstanding growing season, we’ll never really know which factor(s) contributed.
Was it:
1. the record breaking rainfall
2. us getting better, more experience
3. EM
4. rock dust
5. any one (or combination) of organic fertilizers

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  1. stella says:

    i love the new look! especially the picture show…i’ve been following your journal for several years now and i am always in awe of your transformation from city plot to sustainable plot.

    i hope in 5 years, i can look back on our recently acquired farm and see the same.

  2. Anais says:


    Thank you very much for the positive comments. We are sooo excited about the new changes (both on this site and homestead), there’s more to come!

    Wishing you a bountiful season on your farm and much success as you travel along the path.