My 2012 Garden, A Retrospective

March 26th, 2013 - filed under: The Farm » Flora

Spring has sprung! Are you sprouting yet? It’s planting season again and I don’t know about you, but I am excited. Big plans this year. BIG plans.

And since I was away last year and never got to share my very last garden on my Micro Homestead, I thought today I’d do just that. A bit of inspiration, to get your gardening motor all revved up. I hope you enjoy!

Warning: major picture overload ahead –>


Early spring and everything bare. // DIY markers in my freshly-seeded lettuce beds.


Babies budding in the front window.


Wee spinach!

Sugar snap peas.

Borage (it stuck through winter!)

Taters! (and there’re artichokes in there too) (also azaleas, but they died)

The first (and only) asparagus I ever grew-then-ate. At least I got one!


First harvest! (remember, June was all about strawberries)

Mmm, my cherries.

Lettuce harvest, all the days!


Thriving potatoes.

This is what happens when you let your toddler help you harvest . . . *chomp chomp*

Chamomile drying, and more of the best cup of tea I’ve ever made.


The only garden picture I took in August. Hey, it was rough month. Pretty artichoke flower, though.


Plum harvest!

Potato harvest!


Once again, I got tomatoes well into October. Amazing!

The very last little pieces of my 2012 harvest.

  • The Cookie Fairy

    Pretty :) I can’t wait for the day I have a house with a garden (or a FARM, that’d be cool) and I can grow my own stuff.

  • mallow

    How delightful! We’re still stuck in snow here in England, but the snowdrops and crocus have woken up so hopefully it’ll subside :3

  • Lindsey

    Loved your pictures. Beautiful! :)

  • Kathryn B.

    Looks like I’m going to have to drink more wine to steal your cork idea. Oh, the sacrifices I have to make! And FYI, asparagus grow better the second year and only get better after that.

  • Linda Everman

    After 2 years, I got about 4 asparagus spears; giving up this year

  • Amber Kaplan

    Wine cork markers are brilliant!

  • Rebecca

    Maaaajor garden envy! First, I am now living in a temporary apartment with no option for gardening (boo). Second, I seriously kill everything I ever plant! I got one strawberry last year and then some animal got to it!

  • Shannon Mulligan-Mayernik

    Loved seeing your garden—-can not wait to get out into our garden-we have 12 raised beds 8×3 feet each—-this year we are putting in a multi-layer herb garden….if only we had some fruit trees (I have a lime and kumquat tree in the sun room-no fruit yet but hopefully in a year or two) now I just need spring weather to arrive in Northern NJ!!!! Love your blog posts!!!!!!!!

  • coconutandberries

    Fabulous! I got into growing my own veg at home last summer and so enjoyed it. So satisfying to pop out into the garden and pick a head of lettuce, tomatoes, radishes and a cuke for a salad at lunch time and watching courgettes (zucchini) and green beans popping up every day. As I’m in England not sunny California I haven’t started planting yet but am planning what I’ll be growing. How lovely for Waits too, my nephews and niece always adored seeing things grow and munching tomatoes off the vine :)
    P.S I am so using that cork marker idea!

  • Rachel Jacobs

    We’ve got things going in our gardens now and I can’t wait till stuff starts to peek out. My 5 year old eats the peas out of our garden too…no worries though that is the intended purpose of the food.
    I get quite a bit of joy seeing them just eat straight from the fresh organic garden. It doesn’t get much better than that.

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Haha, it’s a tough life! ;-)

    About the asparagus, this was actually the 4th year, I kept waiting for it to explode but it just never did. Maybe my tenants will reap the benefits int he next few years …

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Well it IS supposed to get better and better each year. This was year 4 for me and I finally got an edible one. I’d say don’t give up yet!

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Yes! So cute, right??

  • Sayward Rebhal

    It DEFINITELY took me a long time to get the hang of gardening (still getting it, really). If you love it, keep at it. If it’s “meh”, well then just enjoy your farmers markets. ;-)

  • Sayward Rebhal

    WOW! 12 beds, that sounds awesome! Also, I have a meyer lemon tree that was in my living room in Portland, and my next potted tree will be a kumquat. They are my very favorite! Hopefully this year . . .

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Eating off the vine is the best, truly. Such a greta childhood experience!

  • Sayward Rebhal

    It doesn’t! Munching off the vine is pure joy. =)

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  • Sayward Rebhal

    Aww, crocus are so happy, miniature visions of HOPE. <3

  • Sayward Rebhal

    You can always do potted plants on a window sill! I do plenty of that too. Fresh basil, other herbs, mmmm. =)

  • Natalia

    I can only dream of having a garden like yours one day :) btw, I just recently came across your blog and think it’s lovely. Ill be back x