It’s been awhile since we’ve done a pictorial dispatch from the urban homestead. So ya’ll ready for one? This one features a lot of the garden but that’s a focal point in our lives now – picking, packing, eating, selling surplus and pretty soon, putting up the harvests!

Coming up, another Weekly Meal Wrap Up for you to enjoy our daily eats.

This week, Justin picked and handed me 2 lbs of blueberries with a warning “don’t eat them all!” It will be hard, but I will try. They are so delicious! Unlike store bought blueberries, which (to me) are tart and tasteless, these blue beauties are packed with intense sweet flavor. What a difference homegrown makes – it’s simply, true food!

We have a saying here, “know your food, know your farmer.” But it’s much more than that – you have to know where your seeds come from. Especially who owns ’em. So many varieties that we are growing on the urban homestead this year are seeds that are “grown by the people for the people” and are sold on FreedomSeeds.org (owned an operated by our family)

Homestead blessings

Jordanne peeks around the corner and captures me in the kitchen cranking away at the hand blender

Bell peppers

Beneficial flower border that attracts bees, butterflies, birds and bugs

Blueberries are in season

Herb bed and volunteer swiss chard

All our eggs in a basket

Filling in and up! Tomatoes cover up the clay pots

Green beans in the garden

Squash blossoms


Carpet of greens n things

Cucumbers and squashes

Red poppy

Summer garden takes off

It's an edible jungle! Tomatoes tower above the chicken/duck house

What’s happening on your homestead?


  1. Janice Engelberth says:

    I sooo enjoy your pictures. This must be what the Garden of Eden looked like!

  2. Laura @ Getting There says:

    What gorgeous pictures! I agree with the above poster that it looks like the garden of Eden!

    I agree about store-bought blueberries–we don’t have room to grow our own, but we do pick them every summer at a local farm and then freeze them. When those berries run out around February, and we have to resort to blueberries from the store if we want blueberries, we can’t believe how downright gross they are in comparison. I wouldn’t buy them at all, except my 22-month old is kind of obsessed with blueberries. 🙂

  3. Cindie K. says:

    We put our little garden in late this year, but the onions, tomatoes, peppers, and tomatoes are looking very strong. Your garden takes my breath away! Indeed, Eden!

    Thank you for your generosity in sharing your world!

  4. Annette says:

    Nice blueberries! I just planted ours last year, so we’ll only have a handful this year, but they are ripening! I’ve never had anything other than store bought blueberries, so I’m looking forward to it!

  5. Connie says:

    Thank you for the pics that inspire. I just did the same thing on my blog, my homestead is in the beginning stages…however you keep me focused. Thanks again!

  6. Paula says:

    Beautiful photos! I love the peach and squash photos especially. Up here, north of Seattle, we have had a VERY slow start this year. I’ve heard that we broke a weather record – we haven’t reached 75 degrees once YET this year! And the rain! Not just the usual spring mist, but drenching, pounding torrents!

    It looks like we’re finally going to get some sun this week, so I’m hoping that the garden gets a boost! We have harvested lettuce, spinach, bok choy, and broccoli so far, and the sugar snap peas are blooming. Hope we get an “Indian summer” so that the tomatoes and peppers get a chance to ripen! See my blog for pics. Thanks for the sunny encouragement!

  7. theherbalkitty says:

    This year’s homestead is off to a very slow start. My first year experimenting with composting and I burned most of my seedlings (which were also planted too early; we had frost in CT after Mother’s Day!) so I have to start over again. However, the new chicken/duck coop is a fait accompli except for the mesh cover to keep out chicken hawks and all 4 Khaki Campbells and 6 RI Reds are flourishing. Herb Fest here in CT was also a success i.e. I brought home some herb plants: rue, calendula, lemon verbena and others. I’ve been trying to plant them in between the raindrops! LHITC looks beautiful as usual, Anais! Thanks for sharing!

    The Herbal Kitty

  8. Lady Why says:

    Your family is such an inspiration to ours and because of you, we have begun the process of turning our smallish suburban lot into an edible paradise! I do have one question for you. I cannot ever get more than four or five squash off my plants before the vine borer destroys them. The vine borer has just struck again this year and killed off my squash and zucchini beds. I do not know of an organic way to control this pest. Any suggestions?

    Thank you for all you are doing. Because of your inspiration, we have a side yard garden, peach trees, chickens, a rabbit for manure composting, an earthworm bed, and blueberry bushes… all in a subdivision! Every year we add something new. Thanks for all your great ideas!

  9. Marilyn says:

    Your pictorials of your garden are my favorites! I live in the Phoenix area and my garden is slowly becoming crispy critters~we can’t grow blueberries here-that I know of! So I live vicariously through your posts. Keep ’em comin!

  10. Anais says:

    Thanks for sharing what’s happening in your garden and homestead. Always such an inspiration to hear what others are doing. Keep up the good work ya’ll.

    Wishing everyone a bountiful and productive season

  11. CE says:

    We had a record warm winter and then when april started we switched to cooler than usual. So our gardens up in the Tacoma Wa area are slow. The brassicas and greens are pretty happy but so are the slugs so it’s a battle each am and pm to find and salt them. The heat loving plants are behind so I’m still waiting for much growth there. I live in hope and faith that my garden will fill out soon.

    • Anais says:

      @CE: We are experience some weird weather too – hot, cold, hot and then cold. Trying to hold off the bugs and disease for as long as possible. Fingers crossed!

  12. Dog Island Farm says:

    Our May was the coldest on record. June 2nd we left on our long overdue honeymoon. Well apparently the heat finally came while we were gone and wow! We came back to a completely different garden. Some things didn’t make it – lettuce, swiss chard, peas – through the heat. But everything else grew several feet – our volunteer squash plants have taken over our yard and are aiming for the world. We were also pleased to see that our beekeeper dropped off 6 additional supers.

    • Anais says:

      @Dog Island Farm: Seems like everyone is experiencing wacky weather. Glad to hear some things made it! Happy homesteading!

  13. Kevin says:

    A hand crank blender! I didn’t know they existed until a minute ago. What kind do you have, or would recommend? Do they hold up well. I’ve had to buy a couple (decent) blenders over the years and would like to buy something reliable. If I get a bit of exercise while using it, all the better! Thanks 🙂

    • Anais says:

      @Kevin: We have and use the Vortex Hand Crank Blender (you can purchase it at our store http://www.peddlerswagon.com/p-74-vortex-hand-crank-blender.aspx ) As for use, we don’t use the blender on a daily basis so not sure if this would be a model for heavy-daily use. But this blender works just fine for our uses here on the urban homestead – blending squash, fruits, making pesto.

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