Kensington Thornhill homestead

by Anne Thornhill
(Kensington ,Maryland)

I have been steadily increasing my vegetable garden and adding fruit bearing trees and bushes to my 1/4 acre suburban yard. I have 4 blueberry, 1 blackberry and 1 juneberry bush. They are all young but I see it as an investment.

I have a young Golden Delicious apple tree that starts out in the spring with 25 baby apples that something eats and I wind up with 3 to 5 in the fall.

I harvested 70 pounds of paste tomatoes last summer and canned 10 jars of sauce. I still have 2 jars left and it is better in flavor than the most pricey store bought jar!

I also grew sweet potatoes for the first time last year. Of course, I also grew peppers and squash. I am trying to grow onions, peas, carrots, broccoli,and Brussels sprouts.

I only have to feed myself, but I have had enough veggies to share with neighbors and family. I am still trying to increase my homegrown veggies and become less dependent on the grocery store. I am doing great on tomato sauce so far!

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Apr 11, 2010
by: Guenther

Hello from Italy,

it is great to see how much passion you have with your garden. We also make our own "tomato sugo" every yr, the flavour is just unique, isn't it?
And you know what's in the bottle!

Our garden is only 1/10 acre, we have some fruit trees also in it: apricot, peach, cherry, kiwi, mulberry, fig tree, mulbuerry and several grapes.

Just yesterday I have worked for 8 hrs on it.

I wish you a good harvest this season and no parasits ;)


Apr 10, 2010
by: Sue Merriam

Congratulations on your success, Anne. And thanks for sharing!

By the way, I have young peach trees that are setting on a huge boatload of peaches this year. We'll have to see how many make it to our breakfast table. ;-)


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