Who Grows a garden in the Desert?

As long as you are not living under a rock, you may have heard that the west is under a severe drought.  Well, it seems here in New Mexico we are the opposite!  So far we are about 2 inches above normal and still going since this is our Monsoon season.  Not knowing what would grow here (other than the famous New Mexico Chile Pepper) we set up three four foot raised bed garden structures. Here is what a little drip irrigation and a lot of rain can do in the Desert:

Roma Tomato
Roma Tomato
Blue Corn
Blue Corn
Big Jim New Mexico Green Chiles
Big Jim New Mexico Green Chiles
Bell Pepper
Bell Pepper

We have everything from blue corn, bell peppers, roma tomatoes, onions, chile peppers and the overtaking lemon cumbers. Oh yeah and some herbs too!

We have really sandy soil and by sandy I mean sand like at the beach with some ancient artifacts mixed in. So we used the square foot gardening soil mix created by Mel Bartholomew (known as Mel’s Mix) contains 1/3 compost, 1/3 peat moss and 1/3 vermiculite, measured by volume. soil mix

That Lemon Cucumber has taken over!! What a crazy harvest from our tiny garden.

Here is a neat link about the New Mexico Chile association http://www.nmchileassociation.com/

I hope that you have enjoyed this backyard interlude before we travel!

-Mara

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