Many a man curses the rain that falls upon his head, and knows not that it brings abundance to drive away the hunger.  ~Saint Basil

Almost 5 inches of rain fell this weekend!   With Pasadena under a 10 day imposed water restriction (remember to turn off those sprinklers!) the rain couldn’t have come at a better time.  Ground is soaked, garden is deeply watered and barrels are full.   What a blessing to have such wonderful rain to start off the spring growing season.  And there’s more rain to come!

Speaking of blessings, we do indeed have a lot  for which we are grateful.   This month, many of our friends have come to us with devastating and heartbreaking news.  News that really puts life into a proper perspective, making our own problems seem rather petty.   Our prayers go out to you and your families.  May you find the strength and wisdom to walk a new journey.

Our inbox is overflowing and we are trying to get back everyone as quickly as we can.  A few emails came over the weekend inquiring about seeds, so  I’ll answer it here.   Yes, we do sell seeds.   A selection of seeds that we are planting this spring are available at our online store UrbanHomesteadSupply.com

Now, now for some pictures to herald another growing season.  Ya’ll ready to dig in?

Cabbage heads

Garlic in clay pot irrigated pots

Kitchen garden bed



Bee traps... hoping to catch a wild swarm

Blood oranges

Intoxicating citrus blooms

Salad greens galore

"Any more room up here?"


Edible landscaping in the front yard

Saving water in the garden with ollas (clay pot irrigation)


Flowering lilac

Little fish, big fish swimming in the water

Still using up the homegrown/canned stockpile

Kitty kisses

Mixed greens

Using up the winter squash


  1. elaine says:

    It’s a pleasure to see the beautiful photos of what is growing in your garden and yard. It looks like spring has arrived in an abundance of flowers and healthy vegetables. My garden is still producing lettuce, kale and collards and the bell pepper plant has 10 peppers on it (go figure). The california lilac is crowding out the apricot tree for space and the persian laceleaf lilac is also blooming and has an amazing fragrance. Spring is indeed a season of rebirth, hope and joy. Happy Spring to you all!

  2. Ginger says:

    What is you secret for blueberries? I thought my failures were due to dry weather, but all are every bit as dry as we are. Help!

    • Anais says:

      @Ginger: Took as AWHILE to find that right spot for the blueberries. After a few blueberrry bush deaths we found out they do well in part shade in the front yard (facing north east) They do like moist soil… the ollas help, so does planting some low cover crops (clover, strawberries) to keep the soil moist. We also add coffee grounds to the soil to improve acidity.

      • Ginger says:


        well now I know where to use my ollas. I have a nice spot that meets your description. My son works a star bucks and can get me all the coffee ground I want. I have lots of ground cover strawberries in that spot already. OK. I’ll give it a try again.

        • Anais says:

          @Ginger: Great! And what a great source for coffee grounds. Keep me posted!

  3. Nebraska Dave says:

    Annas, I’m glad to hear you received rain at just the right time. Could you send some to Nebraska? We are not in water restriction but the gardens are really dry and could use some moisture to get the year started. We here are just now planting lettuce, radishes, and onions. It will be quite some time before the warm weather stuff can be planted. That’s OK because it will give more time to get my garden expansion ready. Do you start your lettuce seed inside or sow directly into the garden beds?

    Have a great California rainy garden day.

  4. Janice says:

    Gorgeous photos! Happy Spring to you! You’re potatoes are so big, I’m starting late and just putting them in (probably too late!) What area do you grow your blueberries? Full-sun or half-shade? Haven’t had much luck with them so far… About your tilapia, do they need assisted heat in the winter? I’ve read they can’t tolerate anything below 50F. Oh, and you don’t carry onion seeds! Do you grow bulb onions? I’m guessing short-day types, but what is the name of the seed you grow? Sorry for bombarding you with so many questions! Have a blessed day/week!

    • Anais says:

      @Janice: Us either. Took as AWHILE to find that right spot for the blueberries. After a few blueberrry bush deaths we found out they do well in part shade in the front yard (facing north east) As for the fish. Justin does have a heater but only turns it on on very COLD nights. Usually just insulates the tank with burlap and hot water tank insulation wrap. Of course, that means they’ll mature much slower than if the water was heated- we are in no hurry to eat ’em. 😉 No onion seeds yet. No worries, did you get my FB reply to your question about lead in the soil – hope I’ve helped. Happy spring and bright blessings!

  5. Renee says:

    Beautiful pics! Do you sell the kale pictured in the kitchen garden bed? I’ve always grown Red Russian which we love but recently I’ve been purchasing the type I see in your photo and would love to get some seed for it!

    Our garden looks nothing like yours but we did have our first 5 oz. harvest yesterday! 🙂

  6. Judith says:

    You guys are my hero’s and my inspiration to keep going. I miss you on Freedom Gardens but at least I can keep up with you here.



    • Anais says:

      @Judith: Thank you for your kind comments. Always a pleasure to hear from our readers, makes our day! We do too! Sis is working on some upgrades so stay tuned… and thanks for your patience. Hugs!

  7. Betsy says:

    Oh my gosh! I need to remember that you are in a much different growing zone, but my garden is still under snow! I can’t even imagine it looking so bright and sunny so early in the year.
    Very beautiful pictures, inspiring me to finish getting my garden plotted for this year.

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