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Jumping right in...

Postby BlueTortoise » 01 Jun 2014, 16:02

I am an _old_ gardener. Old, in that I have gardened for 60 years, and old, in that I have experienced gardening in many climes and many places. For the past 20+ years the clime has been desert and the place is High Mountain.

The first challenge of gardening here was to create soil from hard-pan caliche. Tons, literally, of well composted horse manure began the process. At first it was impossible to dig the manure in, even after a rain. Gradually, the caliche began to yield to hundred of buckets of kitchen compost and manure. but with minimal watering. Water is the most precious commodity in the desert and we use it sparingly.

What we do not spare is mulch: an inch is not sufficient: 4-6 inches begins to shade the soil and keep the moisture where it belongs. We conserve water by capturing the "grey water" from our home and studio. Everything but the toilets is routed to various areas in the flower or produce gardens.

Additionally, over the years, we have built walls around the gardens: even the chicken garden. The block walls tame the desert winds, provide a definite line in the soil between the wild and the cultivated; keeps the rabbit OUT of the gardens, and provides a primary barrier to predators.

Here are a few of the onions we harvested a couple of weeks ago:

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And some that have been braided:

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A salute to productive gardens and bountiful harvests!
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Postby Jan » 01 Jun 2014, 20:47

And there's me moaning to myself about my heavy clay soil and English rain ;-)

Those onions look fantastic.

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Postby seedling » 02 Jun 2014, 06:12

I love gardening! Especially when I can harvest at a point!
just moved, and now have a balcony.. better than no garden at all!
starting with tomatoes, all kinda colours and tigered ones too.. YUM!
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Postby prc » 02 Jun 2014, 14:08

nice! that's all i wanted to say... those onions are lovely!
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Postby BlueTortoise » 02 Jun 2014, 16:29

Thank you are for your responses!

Gardening is good for my soul. I do not have as large a garden as I once cared for, but we get enough produce to enjoy fresh and some to freeze and/or bottle.

Right now we are enjoying green variegated zucchini, yellow crook neck squash, several types of peppers, and the occasional patio-sized tomato.

This morning I thinned jalepeno and Scotch bonnet peppers, and, although it should have stayed in the ground another couple of weeks, I pulled a bud of garlic. And of course, the chicken garden provides lovely eggs.

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Postby Jan » 09 Jul 2014, 20:16

Ooooh..now bottling..what do you bottle and how?

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