Caring in the Land of El Sol

Caring. Looking back over the past week of posts there is one common thread through it all, and that is caring. A Common Thread As some of you know, I am taking part in a 30 day blogging challenge. My goal is to become at delivering to you, gentle reader, the content you want and need. Today’s assignment was to find the common element in my posts over the last seven days, and I would have to say it is “caring.” The Thread of Caring The posts have been about Read more

15 Great Warm-Season Greens to Grow

Just because it is 100°F doesn’t mean you can’t have a tasty, home-grown green salad. Well, it won’t have lettuce in it, because lettuce is a cool-season crop, but there are many tasty greens to include in your garden – more than 15, but I had to stop somewhere. Greens for The Heat You can cultivate a suite of greens long used by Native peoples, or try some of these new to us from other hot climates around the world. Many have “spinach” in their common name, but most are Read more

Warm-Season Vegetables for the Southwest

The weather is warming and the vegetable gardening questions are mounting – time for the warm-season vegetables! Good news – there is so much to plant now in the Southwest! Warm-Season Vegetables are Many So many choices, so little time and space! You could grow: Amaranth, Artichoke, Beans, Corn, Cucumber, Eggplant, Greens (MANY!), Melons, Millet, Okra, Peppers – both Sweet and Hot, Squash – Summer, Squash – Winter, Sorguhm, Sunflower, Sweet Potato, Tomatillo, Tomato, Zucchini, and more. Site For the Garden Part I First of all – where exactly do Read more

Grow A Three Sisters Garden – For Success in the Southwest

Growing a vegetable garden in the Southwest is easy if you do as the Natives once did and plant a Three Sisters garden. Three Sisters The Native peoples across the New World have long had the tradition of planting the Three Sisters.* The Three Sisters live together and help each other not just survive, but thrive. Corn, beans, and squash are the Sisters, and each gives and receives from the others. Sister Corn Corn is Elder Sister and should be planted first. She will grow tall and provide something Middle Read more

Chard for Your Winter Garden

With colors as brilliant as a Southwest sunset, chard is a beautiful plant for any garden. Grow this “Vulgar” Plant for Leaves Sadly, chard’s scientific name is not so beautiful. Chard goes by the scientific name Beta vulgaris – the “vulgar” indicating it is only a commoner and not noble at all, it’s just a “common beet.” Also called Swiss chard, this beet relative is not grown for the roots. It has been bred for centuries to produce colorful and tasty stems and leaves. Chard leaves are good in salads, Read more

Starting Seeds Indoors

Starting seeds indoors is relatively easy, and right about now it’s time to start thinking about your spring planting. You can use the “Seed Company” page on this website for ideas on where to order seeds and supplies, Starting Out with Starting Seeds You will need a well lit space and some way of keeping your seeds and tender young plants protected. Necessary Supplies Sterile seed-starting soil mixSeedling trays with clear plastic covers – either purchased or repurposed Optional Supplies Grow lightsHeat mat You can purchase kits that have seedling Read more