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It’s spring in the desert. Farmers are tilling and planting the fields, here. My garden plans are in the works. So far, I’ve only managed to turn & plant 1/4th of the big garden, and move some of the volunteer onions & camomile. The thyme has sprouted in the herb garden, but, the fava beans & peanuts haven’t yet. IDK if the peanuts will, I collected them from a bag of bird seed. My goal was to use them as pretty flowers and soil enhancements. It’d be interesting if any do grow. I pulled the the last of the carrots and need to harvest the beet greens, before I can finish turning the soil in the big garden. Another experiment I am trying, is allowing last years tomatoe plants to grow, after trimming them back. One of the branches rooted itself. When I was cutting the frost damage off, I cut the main stem to that branch and it seems to be growing much better. So, I will have 2 plants from one original seed. Lol. Of all the avacado seeds I’ve planted, one has sprouted this year. The 2 year old tree, in the lick tank is producing new leaves. Another seed is swelling and potentially it might sprout. The big test will happen when it gets hot, around here, whether they will survive. So many 1 year old avocado trees have died, once the temps rose above 105*. Trial & error, I keep trying. What are your spring garden plans?
It's been a few years since I have had a nice garden, so I am going to give it a go again this year. I have done things here and there the last few years. I started a small strawberry patch, added some fruit tree's (ok, about 10 of them), and added some herbs to my herb garden. about 2 years ago I added an Oregano plant, I didn't expect much from it, since I had no idea what to expect. That Oregano bush has become my pride and joy! It's strange that I feel so accomplished by one plant. I also started growing Sage, which took off nicely. I don't have any "goals" as far as the garden goes yet. Ok, that is not exactly true,,,, i would like to grow enough for a small roadside stand in front of my house, but we will see how that goes. Lord knows, I planted enough corn yesterday to do that, and I am going to plant two more rows tomorrow. Last year a friend of mine taught me how to butcher chickens and turkey's. It has been a few years since I have had any livestock, so besides gardening, I plan to get the chicken coop ready for next spring and, something new,,, my husband wants to get goats to raise for food. So, my goal for that this year is to build a pen to keep them in. I think I have some left over fencing I can use, and an old barn. Happy spring!
Waiting on seeds in the mail now..... still digging through boxes that are like going down the rabbit hole in Alice and Wonderland books and haven't located any of my heirloom seeds. grrrrr, so I ordered some..... sigh. Should have plenty ..... Also ordered some type of teperary bean grown by southwestern natives so should be good for chili beans or maybe refrieds? They have a little blue on them not just tans and darker browns. I also ordered a red Italian grown fava bean, because I heard red fava's were healthier ? Can anyone tell me about fava bean nutrition? I ordered a nice bluish green looking melon with orange flesh inside and winter squashes and spaghetti squashes all in heirloom seeds. I also ordered a stringless bush type green bean, and thought they would be nice eating. ( that order was part of amazon order though.) I also ordered 25 everbearing strawberry plants. Charentais Melon