Can’t believe we are weeks away from saying “adios” to summer.  And just when we thought Ms Summer wouldn’t show, she finally turned up  after a pretty cool start.

Some of the towering tomatoes are coming down. Started those in late winter and they are on their last legs. Going to fry up a few green tomatoes! Planting the last summer succession of crops and slowing moving into fall crops.

Soil blocks are full of assorted greens.

Harvesting  loads of squash, tomatoes, eggplants, peppers and even peaches. It’s summertime and the garden’s growing fine!  What a blessings!

Seed varieties courtesy of featuring seeds grown by the people for the people

Sunrise touches flowering artichoke

Heirloom pumpkins

Busy bees



It's an edible jungle

Front yard, edible landscaping

Turning over beds

Herbs, vegetables and fruit

Towering tomatoes, climbing squash and flowering fennel

Tromboncino squash - watch your head!

Lemon cucumbers and peppers

Not to early to get a jump on the fall plantings. Soil blocks with seed starts.

How’s your gardening growing – getting a jump on the fall plantings?


  1. Jeni says:

    Wow I really want to come see how you guys utilize every square inch with so much beauty! One day when I make it to Cali…lol our garden is coming along very nice. We should be able to pick our first eggplant with in the next week or so we are so excited! We have already picked about 5 huge Armenian cucumbers and have been able to pickle one batch of pickle cucumbers too…there should be another batch coming soon:) we have lots and lots of green matos (trying to patiently wait for them to turn red) Peppers, green beans, corn, tatos and so much more should be ready soon hopefully. We actually started our fall crops a few weeks ago and can’t wait for more tasty greens this fall…that is if the ducks and chickens don’t steal them all..hehe Thank you for your continued inspiration!

  2. Ginger says:

    Inspiring…I especially love the squash walk. How fun! Someday I’ll get my garden in that sort of shape. Inch by inch, I’ll get there. Thanks for the encouragement.

  3. Linda says:

    Going to start some fall seeds this weekend. I already have chard and collards growing, which should help me transition, but I think some more greens are in order! Kale, leeks, kohlrabi, lettuces, turnip greens – what I can’t wait for is it to cool down enough to get the great roots started: carrots, more beets, rutabagas, turnips, parsnips. Yum… those winter roots!

    Your garden looks great! Green and thriving. That is still my goal, but although productive, my garden is kind of ratty looking 😉

  4. AmberNWichita says:

    We didn’t grow much this year neither my husband nor myself knew anything about homesteading and after lots of reading we started our micro barnyard first to build up soil and fertilizer. I think we will build all our planting this winter just before the ground freezes hard.

  5. Annette Triplett @ CoMo Homestead says:

    Wow, you trellis your pumpkins? I had heard that it was possible, but haven’t seen it before in real life. Sweet action!

    I started most of my fall seeds in soil blocks a couple weekends ago. A few things will wait until September, but everything that needed to be started is started!

  6. Debbie says:

    Love the pics. I’m just about sick of cucumbers and zucchini (bumper crop) and the tomatoes are just starting to ripen. The weather has been too warm and humid here (Ontario, Canada) for them.

    I have a question about your fennel. What do you do with it? I love the smell of it and am always rubbing my hands over it as I pass by it in my garden but aside from the smell I don’t really know what to do with it.

  7. Jenn says:

    It all looks so wonderful! How do you keep the pests in check? My garden is just being eaten alive while yours is so wonderfully lush!

  8. Emily says:

    One day, we’ll have a garden like that…

    I’ve got a watermelon going, which if does well will be bearing fruit in the late fall, and seven tomato seedlings which I plan to plant in 3 or 4 wks. Will also do a couple cukes, and the usual fall greens, but those plantings won’t happen for a month or two.

  9. Alex says:

    Your garden looks great!

    For our fall plantings, we’ve started radishes, turnips, parsnips, carrots, onions, and all of our brassicas. It’s nice to see the seedlings growing, and to have things coming out of the garden to make room for them.

  10. Ruth G says:

    Our tomatoes are FINALLY beginning to turn red! We’ve been waiting and waiting looking at vines dripping with green fruit and willing them to turn. The blackberries are just about finished and I picked the first raspberry today… just the one but it was yummy! Looks like the peppers are finally beginning to come in as well. Here’s hoping for a warm autumn to get all of this promise to achieve it’s potential. Our options for autumn gardens are pretty limited, may put in another row or two of peas and will get the garlic for next year in the ground.

    Thanks for all of your inspirational posts, even here in hte opposite corner of the country I enjoy reading about and seeing photos of your efforts and achievements. Wishing you all the best for the end of summer.
    Ruth in NH

  11. Amy says:

    Absolutely stunning photos! Thanks for sharing.

  12. Rhonda says:

    I love the photo of your brother and father with the pumpkins growing on the trellis. It puts me in the mood for fall! I love that time of year. You have a beautiful garden and as always, you all inspire me so much!

    By the way, we picked our first Cherokee Purple tomato last night (Seeds purchased from you) It weighed 1 1/4 pounds! It was the best tasting tomato I’ve ever had! Can’t wait to pick more! They will definitely have a permanent spot in our garden each year! 🙂

  13. Melissa says:

    Great looking garden this year! Congratulations! One thing that I admire so much about urban homesteading is when you plant things in an enclosed area like this, the humidity level goes up, because the plants/structures help lower transpiration (water loss from plant). Its similar to a tropical rain forest environment. Plants are stressed so much less this way from the ups and downs on water loss.

    We live in the country and everything I plant close to the house in a compact environment requires much less water than things planted even 100 feet away. I think everyone, no matter their living situation can learn from this.

  14. Deborah says:

    Wow I just found your blog and I look forward to reading more of your posts! I’m so sad to see summer go… I waited all winter for it! But I do plan on having a fall crop as well as a winter garden.

    • Anais says:

      @Deborah: A warm welcome to ya! Yep, it’s sad to see summer go but looking forward to rain and cooler weather.

  15. Lauren-Mae Spiker says:

    Canned 5 pints of spaghetti sauce. It sounds small to some but it is a start! 🙂 I used 5 types of tomatoes, 4 for the 5 types were from my garden. Some of the onion was from my garden, and some of the herbs were from my garden. I have had two cucumbers (poor cuke plants get dry so easily!), and used my basil, oregano, and parsely throughout the summer, and dried my sage (eventually I want to put it in soap), rosemary and thyme. I’m getting married in November so garden stuff is kind of put on the backburner (besides for canning it!)

    • Anais says:

      @Lauren-Mae Spiker: Congratulations!

  16. Lauren-Mae Spiker says:

    This coming summer I want to try different types of lettuce.

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  18. Kim says:

    Wow! I had no idea you could plant pumpkins like that! that would free up alot of garden space! we have watermelon this year and had a pretty good harvest but we can barely see the watermelon for the weeds that we can’t get to for fear of pulling the vines! LOL! am definately using this next season!

    • Anais says:

      @Kim: Trellising is a way to get the most out of your small space!

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