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Unless we start getting some rain it is not likely I will have a vegetable garden this year.

We will continue with our CSA box from Skarsgard Farms (formerly Los Poblanos Organics) every two weeks (dates adjusted for vacations) and go to our local Growers Markets. We are also making a monetary investment in Skarsgard Farm.


Small garden in 2010. Just the essentials: Basil and Tomatoes! Enough for many meals of fresh pasta sauce. Brandywine and Striped German were the heirloom tomato varieties I used and they produced about 20 pounds of ripe fruit. Many pounds of the green tomatoes went into my Green Tomato and Apple Chutney (at least a 18 1/2 pints). I still have about nine pounds more to use.


We had sweet basil which had a rough start but did end up producing nicely. Also in the garden were Ichiban and Black Beauty eggplant varieties, and six varieties of heirloom tomatoes: Abe Lincoln, Black Krim, Brandywine, Cherokee Purple, Morgage Lifter and Mr Stipey. I am very late in getting this up on my website and did not take notes on the production (that I can find, LOL), but I think I recall that I lost a couple of the tomato plants and that the eggplants never did take off.

Here is the 2009 planting chart.

We were still getting our LPO box during off season and going to Saturday Growers Market, downtown.


We DID have a garden in 2008. Several tomato plants were lost to mites, though the survivors did give us wonderful fresh pasta sauce.

The eggplants produced well, the basil was distributed to many friends, we parboiled and froze some green beans (in additon to several meals' worth), and dry beans were put up in the cupboard. Tomatillos were a bust (many tiny fruits that did not mature) and a couple of my pepper plants remained runts.

I'm not paying as much attention to my garden as I should, I am afraid!

In the Spring (before our growing season, and before the opening of the Growers Markets), we got a fruit and vegetable box every two weeks from Los Poblanos Organics. Once the local produce was prolific we returned to our weekly jaunt to the Downtown Growers Market. We had many good times going to the market!

After Thanksgiving, we started getting the Los Poblanos box again. It has been a pleasure!


After no garden for 2 years, we were wanting. Here are the few plants put in this year. We still head out to the growers/farmers markets for fresh produce and goat milk products.


Will we have a garden this year? Only weather will tell.


No garden planted this year - we really missed it, but it lead us to check out the farmers markets around town.


See my 2004 vegetable garden layout

The time has come to plant our 2004 garden. I now have 2 tomato plants from Cecil, Kris' square dance friend, and 4 tomato plants from Cynthia and Ricardo. Now what I'd like to have are basil, eggplant and possibly peppers. I'll try planting my beans again since I still have the posts and string up from last year.

It will be a small garden and I intend to water better this year and use grey water from the house. Speaking of the grey water: I have recently bought buckets and dish pans. I am now showering with a bucket on the bottom of the stall. Mind you, we already use low-flow shower heads and take short showers, so it takes three or four showers to fill the bucket. This is grey water to be used on our garden plants.

Update on the grey water - it didn't take long for me to discontinue the practice. I hated having the bucket in my tiny shower stall. And the washing liquid I use was not good for the plants (too many emollients).

Perennial Herbs

Fennel (looking very lush this year)


Kris' square dancing friend came through again this year with gifts of tomato and eggplant seedlings. I bought some sweet basil, peppers, tomatillo, and a couple more tomato plants to fill the garden out.

See my 2003 vegetable garden layout

This year we have:

Peppers: Red Beauty, Golden California Wonder, and Chocolate Beauty.

Tomatoes: Sweet 100's Cherry, Dona (a French Heritage variety), and gifts, Big or Better Boy, and a dark orange type tomato.

Eggplant (gifts): 3 types, only one of which had an actual name we could decipher - Ichiban, long type. The others are traditional globe types.

Sweet basil - 4 plants

Rattlesnake beans

Tomatillo (husk tomato) - still not producing as of 8/26/2003, though has lots of flowers

Update, 8/26/2003: The drought and heat has severely affected my garden to the point that I regret having one this year!!! We are harvesting some eggplant, peppers, basil and tomatoes, but almost everything has sun scald and I just don't have enough shade cloth to go around.

The grape vine is also suffering from the heat (and the two weeks without water while I was on vacation in July did not help it any - I forgot to tell Kris to water it).

The grape vine is doing well so far - bouncing back from last year's June hail storm.

Perennial Herbs

Chives (moved location)
Fennel (looking lush this year)
Purple Fennel
Sage (a new plant for 2003)


Sections of the city had an amazing hail storm June 14. Our place was hard hit and thought we lost everything in the vegetable garden. We also lost every leaf and budding grape on our grape vine.

See the photos

But eventually some plants came back and did produce - especially the tomatoes!

See my 2002 vegetable garden layout

I was not planning on having a vegetable garden this year due to the drought New Mexico has been undergoing, but we were given a few plants. I plan to get some sweet basil in addition to these.

Eggplant (1): Ichiban

Tomatoes (2): not sure of kind

Parsley (self seeded)

Perennial Herbs

Purple Fennel

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See my 2001 vegetable garden layout

Sweet Basil (4): did very well!!! - lots of basil put up frozen as leaves in bags, pesto and thai style (in broth)

Eggplant (4): did fairly well - late start - lots grilled, some frozen

Parsley (self seeded) - nice in salads

Peppers (4): roasted, peeled and froze several bags full
    2 Pimento Sweet
    1 Red Beauty Sweet and and unexpected yellow bell pepper - all very good

Tomatoes (5): salads, froze whole (cherries)
    Amish Paste (heirloom) - got sick - pulled it
    Carmello (heirloom) - got sick - pulled it
    Champion - did very well - tasty in fresh pasta sauce with basil
    Sweet 100's Cherry - sprawling, out of control, lots of fruit - tasty
    Sweet 100's Cherry in rock garden - did very well, fruit larger than that in vegie garden

Cold Frame: self-seeded lettuces

Perennial Herbs

Purple Fennel

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See my 2000 vegetable garden layout. (Very ambitious!)

Sweet Basil (4) did very well!!!

Astrel Filet Bush Beans (2 rows) did very badly

Rattlesnake Pole Beans- bean beetles wiped out plants in late July, froze 4 quart bags (We are now enjoying them!)

Red Core Chantenay Carrots (3 rows) - Did well - short fat roots

Rainbow Chard - I don't eat enough of it

Eggplant (4) did well early on - got sick later in summer - some grilled and frozen
    2 Ichiban
    1 Little Fingers
    1 Black Beauty

Parsley (self seeded)

Peppers (8) - roasted, peeled and froze several bags full
    4 Pimento Sweet - double planted
    4 Red Beauty Sweet - double planted

New Zealand Spinach - I don't care for it very much - grew well though

Squash (8) - squash bugs did damage
    1 Scallopini Patty Pan (green)
    3 White Patty Pan - very tasty fruit - best producer
    2 Gold Rush Hybrid (yellow zuke) - survived squash bugs longest
    2 Butternut Winter - bugs wiped out plants laden with fruit

Tomatoes (7): made sauce, salsa, dried fruit, salads
    Brandywine (heirloom) - few but large delicious fruit
    Sweet 100's Cherry - sprawling, out of control, lots of fruit - tasty
    Yellow Pear - ditto - fruit best when cooked or in salads, nice dried too
    Heartland (heirloom) - did fairly well, very large fruit
    Better Bush - did badly because of cherry tomato sprawl
    Early Girl - did well
    Dona (heirloom) - did very well - tasty and good producer!

Tomatillos (self seeded) - good amount, froze some

Cold Frame: Mesclun & Butterhead Lettuce - nice salads!


One bee sting (yeouch)!

See my 1999 vegetable garden layout.

7 different kinds of tomato plants!!! Had lots of yummy tomato based meals!
Celebrity (some blossom end rot)
Early Girl
Roma (died of curly top)
Stupice (heritage - died of curly top)
Sweet 100's Cherry
Yellow Pear (sprawling, was excellent producer, frozen whole and also made into sauce)

Ichiban Eggplant (roasted and frozen)
"Long & Skinny" Eggplant (seller's description, roasted and frozen)
Pimento Peppers (roasted, peeled and frozen)
Rattlesnake Beans (Bean Beetles infested, but have 3+ quarts frozen, >1 lb dry beans too)
Sweet Basil (excellent healthy producers - pesto!!!)
Thai Basil (just for show)
Tomatillo (re-seeded from last year, I made a very tart salsa - not a hit)

I made 10 eight ounce jars of quince butter from my friend Peggy's wonderful quince. I'm hoping to enter it in the New Mexico State Fair next year (2000).

Things put up fall of 1998:

basil (whole leaves frozen and canned with pasta sauce)
eggplant (grilled and frozen)
fennel (picked seeds)
quince from a friend's tree (fruit butter)*
pimentos (fire roasted, peeled, cored, and frozen)
pole beans (green beans [frozen], dry beans [some saved for 1999 planting])
tomatoes (canned pasta sauce with basil and olives)

*My 1997 canned quince butter won 2nd place in 1998's New Mexico State Fair in the miscellaneous fruit butter category.