Much has changed. It was a year, that’s for sure.
The orange tree is full season. We eat fresh fruit every morning. As the northern country cools in snow storms and freezing temperatures, there is a warm spell here in this desert city.
Animals are spending more time outdoors. There is a pleasantness to the winter air. Though the late night and early morning atmosphere is frigid, the ground and air warm with the rise of the sun.
Not too many nights past we saw a Great Horned Owl atop our parents’ home. It hoo-ed in the late dusk as the sky was a deep grey and purple.
Around our neighborhood there have been a swell of bees and smaller birds. There’s much on the grounds now to attract a healthy ecological system.
The pomegranate tree has lost its leaves completely, but developed strong roots over the past season. I imagine we’ll harvest our first edible fruit next fall.
What was once the garden has wilted away. We’ve mixed its remains into the soil. We tilled the soil and structured it into a basin with mulch surrounding (home made from tree and lawn scraps), so that we can essentially irrigate our crops once the spring planting comes around. In the basin itself we worked in a healthy dose of compost (home made from food scraps and other household wastes). It will cook under a layer of mulch to prepare for the spring.
The soil is healthy.
This soil basin will is “wild” space in which crops are less controlled than traditional gardening environments. Contrary, we recently installed a greenhouse in which we will hyper-maintain the development of particular crops (to be transplanted into the wild space, a separate plot, or perhaps grown to harvest in the greenhouse itself).
We received a bucket of seeds (quite literally) from Native Search, in Tucson, AZ.
Native Search specializes in well-adapted crops to the southwest territories - those which are either indigenous to the region or have long adapted to the environmental conditions of the region after trade many years ago.
Native Search emphasizes a practice of seed saving to promote diversity in global food production.
It is imperative that mono-agricultural trends in modern farming be curbed by replacing homogenous goods with local, diverse, and (let’s be real) more interesting produce.
In the greenhouse, we have growing:
- Yoeme Purple String Bean
- Red Russian Kale
- Hopi Casaba Melon
- Oregon Sugar Pea Pod
- Zuni Tomatillo
- Mayo Waternoon
- Chimayo Pepper
It’s good to be a good harvest!
Otherwise, we sprinkled a row of native wildflowers alongside our eastern wall. A few mesquite beans have fallen in with them and are sprouting small trees.
The mesquite is constant from seedling through maturity, it only grows thicker and taller, so interesting to watch.
For the past season, not enough time was devoted to the garden.
I hear: “The best fertilizer is the gardener’s shadow.”