Sunday, May 30, 2010

Planting the Three Sisters - Nelson, Lancs, England

Today, May 30, we planted out the corn and squash in the Three Sisters Bed. The corn we got from Colorado Bob, half of it, and the other half from a supplier in England. Both kinds are Hopi Indian Blue Corn. I put the beans straight in the ground on the 20th, they are not up yet. I had raised the corn and squash under cover, and today we put them in. More news at

Arroyo Moon Rise

Top photos taken looking east toward the Organ Mountains. The arroyo behind my house (2 palm trees).

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Building a Fence Redux

More shots of the job moving along. 4 antenna towers , note the truss across the top.

New Flower Bed in the alley ! Cool huh ?

Building a Fence

A visitor today -

Trench for rail road tie cribbing in front of "P.J. Belly Memorial Puttin' Green " -

Fence posts along the back of the garden -

Monday, May 24, 2010

Olympia Rain Forest Blue Corn -Redux

I started my second season as a farmer (gardener) with the seed product from last year. All is well in the rain forest, we just need more Sun and heat and less clouds and rain. Forecast looks bleak for the next few weeks. Reclaiming the ground for a garden is a bear on our property so I've invested a little time and money for a couple large elevated boxes. It means I can place them to maximize the elements. Last year I just agitated the existing soil and enhanced it with a mix. This time around I created a raised bed with a better mix and larger area for the corn. The elevated ones will be for my other veggies.
I've have a couple pix to start the year off on the blog. btw, I forwarded a batch of seeds to some (AmInd) friends in SD, NE and OK . Hopefully they'll have some success and join in here. Cbob, I can't help be reminded what the gov did all those years ago to encourage the tribes to put down the arms and become farmers ;-)

Friday, May 21, 2010


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Hippeastrum (pronounced /ˌhɪpiˈæstrəm/)[2] is a genus of about 90 species and 600+ hybrids and cultivars of bulbous plants in the family Amaryllidaceae, native to tropical and subtropical regions of the Americas from Argentina north to Mexico and the Caribbean. Some species are grown for their large showy flowers. These plants are popularly but erroneously known as Amaryllis, a monotypic African genus in the same family.

My really big one, these leaves are 4 feet long. This bulb made a daughter this spring.

Monday, May 17, 2010

I see Mexico from my house...

When I see 'Tres Hermanas" mountain peaks in the distance, Mexico is just to south of that formation. The three sisters...and we have expanded our garden this year to have not only squash, corn and beans, but also peas, tomatoes, radish, parsley, basil, chile peppers, habaneros, jalapenos, onions, chives, potatoes, cherry tomatoes, sun flower, marigolds. Our garden is 27 ' X 9'. We made our own soil from compost, peat and manure. Although we did get a late start in April, we have had one radish to eat.

You are our inspiration, C-bob!

Monday, May 3, 2010

One of the Amigos Bloomed !

If you go west out of Ft. Summer, New Mexico towards Vaughn, New Mexico there is a forest of these things. They will bloom this month.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Upside Down Tomatoes

So after 2 years of " Topsy - Turvey Tomato " ads at 3 A.M. ........ I bit .
I planted an Upside Down Tomato tonight.

It's a pain in the ass, and after I finished watering the transplant, I asked myself. " Why did I do this ? " It's a " Bush Goliath ", from Home Depot. $3.50 each, and a new bucket and lid for $2.34 and $0.98 ea. Plus 5 gallons of soil made by me, (the best part of the deal). After some thought I see the point of this ......... no cage, because tomatoes need to stay off the ground. A few weeks in the greenhouse, and outside she goes, if I can figure out how to move 5 gallons of wet soil, & not crush the " Bush Goliath ".

Larry's Nodders and a New Dr. Pepper Paint Job