Category Archives: Organic Gardening

Planting Day Has Arrived!

After having to postpone planting for a day, due to high winds yesterday, I awoke this morning hopeful that I could get my paws in the dirt today. But when I came out to the kitchen to check the temperature my face fell, it was barely 30 degrees out there! So I bundled up, went out to feed our horses and donkeys, fill stock tanks and clean the corral. I finished my outside chores and returned to the house to make coffee and my breakfast. With an eye on the thermometer, I began to read e-mail and FB. The hay delivery came and after jawin with the guys as they unloaded my hay, I realized, it was almost warm! Maybe I could plant today after all!

First up was planting the tree and bush we bought this weekend as they are the most labor intensive. Then it was on to planting tomatoes, peppers and figuring out my upside down strawberry planter! Had to make another run for more mulch and soil, wish our soil was rich enough to use, but it is not. We will amend it with compost , Coir and Terra-Sorb before planting our potatoes and strawberries.  Below are pics from today, of our garden boxes, my garden helper and garden area:

You cannot tell it by the expression on her face, but we had a lovely time together this afternoon and all in all it was a very productive day!




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Ahhhhh…

After a successful and wonderfully enjoyable afternoon of shopping with my Darling Daughter Aubrey we returned home with our bounty. As it was a beautiful, sunny, and warm day out here, the first place we went was to Parker’s Nursery. It is an oasis of green and flowers nestled within a sea of brown and dry that we have out here just now. I will return in two weeks to purchase my lavender and daisy plants and will share pics then. It is a wonderful breath of fresh air and Spring in the High Plains. We were able to purchase a Narrowleaf Cottonwood tree, a Lalandei Firethorn bush,  some strawberry plants, and my tomato plants. I will be planting the whole mess tomorrow, but with Aubrey’s help, it will be enjoyable. She will be graduating from high school soon, and returning back to Pennsylvania to live with her father for a year, so each day I have to spend with her is a gift.

I could spend hours at perusing seed catalogs, visiting nurseries, and planning our gardens, but I must be honest with myself, it is a lot of work to plant all of the things I wish to grow! I usually end up with sore knees, back and shoulders. Usually a hot shower helps, but this afternoon I found something even better, hence my title of “Ahhhhh”. We had to stop at Costco to pick up a few things, and there they were, right inside the door! What is this magical body restoring miracle? Anti-gravity Lounge chairs! I have been wanting to purchase a couple of these for a long time, and today was my lucky day, the price was right! Aubrey and I set them up when we returned home and tried them, and they were awesome! After just a short half hour relaxing in this lounge chair, I felt relaxed. I can’t wait to try it tomorrow after our marathon planting day. To me, it is funny how a little thing can make such a big difference. Stay tuned, I will post pics of the “Big Plant” tomorrow, after I spend some time in my Anti-Gravity Lounge Chair!

Watering Day

Today was watering day. Sounds funny to say we have a “day” for watering, but we are in a drought out here in New Mexico, and have been for a couple years. The future does not look very promising either. We had three good snow storms this past winter (6″ of snow or more = good and I KNOW my friends back East are laughing at me LOL) but we have not had any rain for over a month. So we conserve, we also have a 1200 gallon storage tank for emergencies, that we fill several times during the summer. We are very careful to follow a strict watering schedule. You might think in these conditions it would be impossible to grow our own food, but we have found a way. We have five raised bed vegetable gardens, three apple trees, two peach trees, and three other raised gardens where we planted three blueberry bushes, three raspberry bushes, a gooseberry bush and a black currant bush.

We have been very careful in our planning for placement of all of these plants. The Apples, and Peaches were placed in an area of the yard that one of our downspouts feeds, we always have grass in that area. We do water them, but only once a week. They are trenched and mulched deeply. The blueberry bushes, gooseberry, raspberries and raised bed gardens are all planted in our south garden, sheltered behind a wind fence. Sheltering plants from the fierce wind we have out here, mulching deeply and amending the soil with moisture absorbing crystals called Terra-Sorb all make growing our food easier in a drought plagued area. In addition, for these plants (once the danger of frost is past) we use soaker hoses. This type of gardening does take more thought and planning, but we have been blessed with good harvests. And what I cannot grow, I purchase from a local farm and farmer’s market.

Tomorrow is planting day and here are the plants awaiting their new dirt home: Potatoes, Jalapenos, Peppermint, Rosemary, Astilbe, Onions, Red Pepper and an upside down strawberry planter waiting for strawberry plants. We will also be planting our tomato plants one Plum, and one Beefsteak.

I always plant my tomatoes and peppers  a month early and actually I am a bit late this year. We use Teepees to protect them from frost and late snows.  You fill them with water, and they act like a warm blanket around your plants. They are such a great and ridiculously easy garden tool! Tomorrow I will share pics of our gardens. Hope you enjoy your day!