Front porch farm stand - making our livelihood from the land

“In the garden, Autumn is, indeed the crowning glory of the year, bringing us the fruition of months of thought and care and toil.”– Rose G. Kingsley, The Autumn Garden, 1905

It’s been awhile since we’ve posted a pictorial post. Did you miss the dose of inspiration? I certainly did!

To wrap up summer that and celebrate a fall’s arrival  here’s another salvo of pics for you to enjoy.

How was your gardening journey?  Care to your experiences (good or bad), ideas and revelations.   I’ll kick things off with one of my (reluctant) revelation – you can’t do it all and that’s that.

Wishing everyone a productive and abundant harvest.

Winter squash arsenal Seeds from

Squash storage

Table display

Homestead honey and preserves

Oh honey, honey!

Lemon cucumbers (seeds from

Praying mantis

Beneficial pollinators

Grapefruit marmalade

Made in the shade

Fall tomatoes

Beans and eggplants

Tropical delights. Hibiscus

Flowering artichoke

Harvest baskets for our weekly front porch farm stand customers

Another sowing of squash

More pumpkins to harvest

Drying rosehips


  1. Lauren-Mae says:

    For my first garden this year my tomatoes and herbs did the best! I am getting married in November and my new house has a lot of shaded areas so I’m going to try different lettuces, herbs in hanging baskets, tomatoes, a few more things. 🙂

    • Anais says:

      @Lauren-Mae: Congratulations! Many blessings to you.

  2. Jennifer says:

    My garden did terrible this year, in part because we end up traveling far more than I had anticipated. We would spend 2 weeks with family and 2 days at home then 2 more weeks… well you get the idea “rinse and repeat”. Also the once sunny spot has gone to shade so I will have to move the garden. I want to try again next year, but am afraid the same travel thing might happen. Do you have any suggestions? I’d rather not relay completely on hired help. 🙂

    • Lidia Seebeck says:


      I use soaker hoses attached to a timer. This way I know my plants won’t suffer no matter how crazy things get politically or inside the house. It helps a lot.

      • Anais says:

        @Lidia Seebeck: Good tip!

      • Jennifer says:

        @Lidia Seebeck, Thanks so much! I had completely forgotten about timers! I’m trying to save up for a few ollas pots this will be a great way to water until I have.

        Thanks Anais for your sympathy. 🙂 Traveling around here just happens spontaneously, like when your SIL breaks her ankle. Lol (She’s all healed so we can chuckle about it now, but it was tough on her for a few weeks.)

    • Anais says:

      @Jennifer: Sorry to hear but like I said one can’t do everything and it’s hard to keep up a garden when you a lot of traveling. That’s a good question, readers care to weigh in on how to juggle growing food and traveling.

      • CE says:

        @Anais, If you have a neighbor who likes to grow things and would be willing, you could ask them to check the garden when you are gone and to harvest for their own use, what is ripe. Watering is part of the problem but when it gets hot things get ripe faster and to keep the plants producing they need to be picked regularly. Just show them what is getting close to needing picking and how to pick. I have had some people who were gardeners but were clueless in a vegetable/fruit garden. Neighbor teens work well too. But it would probably be best to have the watering on a timer.

  3. Jeni says:

    Although we had a very cold wet spring our garden was doing very very well and I was so excited to have such a great harvest to preserve for winter. Then the hail storm came and demolished almost everything. Thats ok we were able to save some of the stuff and the chickens and ducks loved all the greens they got from what got ruined in the storm. Luckily we have a local farm close by. We were not expecting to have to spend money for our winter preserve, but sometimes things happen that you just have to learn to work with:) We have a pretty great supply of pickles and bell peppers that I was able to harvest from our garden before the storm and luckily the farm had wonderful tomatoes, peaches and pears:) Looking forward to next year already, but for now I am looking forward to fall!

  4. Dan Langhoff says:

    I love the pictures, so cheerful! I too am planting fall tomatoes down South of you in Ramona, California. I found some transplants for the heirloom varieties Glacier, Siberian and Manitoba. They are 60-day plants to harvest. And they are doing great, they are over two-feet tall and growing strong. Yippee, fall tomatoes! I would be real curious to know what varieties of tomatoes you plant in the fall for Pasadena.

    • Anais says:

      @Dan Langhoff: Thank you for saying so. Love taking them so glad folks like seeing them. As for Fall tomatoes you’re on the right track. We grow many of the varieties you listed too. Stupice is another.

  5. Linda says:

    I’m a little discouraged but not so much that I will stop trying. Last summer, our part of Texas was at the tail end of a two-year drought that was one of the worst seen in our part of the country in many decades. Although we have soaker hoses and also use ollas, our tomatoes and other veggies struggled in the brutal Texas sun, with almost two months of 100+ degree days. The herbs, peppers and greens planted in the herb garden nearer the house did better. This spring started with delicious rains, but locusts/grasshoppers arrived. Along with the deer and rabbits, many plants were stripped of leaves overnight or eaten to the ground. I collected not a single cucumber and few tomatoes, although we planted both heirloom and other varieties. Earlier, lettuces didn’t survive a single day after peeking above ground. We know the soil is good as it was augmented. We had planned to gradually fill the acre lot with our gardens as we could, but so far we’ve just donated all monies spent to the local wildlife. Our deed restrictions prevent us from owning chickens and the coyote would just get them anyway. They trail me when I’m jogging with my dogs in the early mornings and stand in our yard when we pull up to the house at night. I’m searching now for information on ways to prevent losing all our crops to pests. Would planting more densely have helped?

    • Anais says:

      @Linda: Well, good for you. Every year a gardener is fraught with challenges but it’s the faith that keeps us going year after year. Having said that – boy, you do have some challenges there in Texas! I would suggest you head on over to our social network/community for gardeners at Perhaps some Texas FG can give you some helpful suggestions. Good luck!

      • Linda says:


        Challenges? Yes, and I didn’t even mention the venemous Western diamondback rattlesnakes and beneficial but scary five-foot long rat snakes we occasionally find near our gardens! They’re the reason I don’t use deer netting any longer, as they kept getting caught in any netting that draped toward the ground. But I’m determined.

        Thanks so much for the tip about the social network. I have been reading your blog for years and bought a couple of ollas from the store, but I didn’t even realize that help was also available through a community for gardeners. I’ll check it out.

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