Category Archives: High desert gardens

Sweet potato harvest

My neighbor Patty just harvested their sweet potatoes:

Sweet potatoes
Sweet potatoes

 

Red racer
Red racer

This picture was taken on 10/10 when a red racer was racing through their garden.   They have been harvesting lots of tomatoes and Patty has been canning.  I’ve been enjoying their extra eggplant and peppers.

It’s incredible that it’s mid November and their tomatoes are STILL loaded!

Pete and Patty are currently building a little greenhouse and an aquaponics system.  They also planted fruit trees and I just love to see retirees do more than watch TV.

So inspiring!

Chickens, turkeys, koi and fruit trees in Lake Mead City

A few weeks ago I visited Jeff and Shannon in Lake Mead City after hearing about their pond, poultry and fruit and nut trees. It’s great to see neighbors so dedicated to raising food animals cruelty free and I hope they will advertise “never frozen” chicken and turkey at our local Buy – Sell – Trade forum.   I really don’t want to have to drive to Vegas again to buy a free ranged turkey or chicken at Whole Foods, much rather buy LOCAL — knowing the animals have been treated well!

pondI LOVE to see water in the desert.  There are MANY fish in the water and it will eventually be pumped to water the trees — excellent fertilizer!

And here are the chickens and turkeys:

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Bird of Paradise for shade and it’s also a nitrogen fixer

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Great pics of another high desert property in New Mexico

I subscribe to the blog of Angela in New Mexico and she posted pictures of their trees since they planted them two years ago.  The transformation of their property is incredible!

They watered only 3 times this year and we also got way more rain than we’re used to around here, although not until August.  July was incredibly hot and I hauled water just about every day.  Fortunately I’ve been installing drip tape in most places. There is no way that I could have kept up with hand watering.  It was amazing to get “real” rain every few days for a month when we finally got monsoon rains.

Rain Equals Life in the Desert

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I wonder what the tall tree just left of center is.  It looks a lot like the “California shade trees” we planted by the gray water and they grew so fast.  What’s the real name?

I’ve been too busy to post much, but have been taking many pictures.   We just finally started up construction again and Monday the foundation for our living room / greenhouse addition will be finished.

Hope to have more time in winter to catch up on posting here and at our High Desert Gardening and Food forum.