Before and after: the first six months

Too often, when I look at my garden I concentrate on what needs to be done or what didn’t turn out as hoped. The recent intense heat spells have been hard on garden and gardener alike, and it’s easy to fall into frustrated negativity. So today, as I look out my front door at the view above, I want to remember what it looked like when we took possession of the property six months ago:

Okay, not everything prospered, but we eat a lot of vegetables from our own yard every night, birds and butterflies and skinks abound, and every now and then I see a neighbor or two hanging over the fence admiring the view. Amazing what compost and stubbornness can do.
Please, please, use the DH oil spill as an opportunity to think about some ways to reduce your own footprint. “Yard farming” is the most healthful and pleasurable way I know to do that. If you grow any food in Albuquerque, please consider registering with the “2012 gardens by 2012” project. Go to and click the “2012 Gardens” tab. Sustainablity and greater self-sufficiency are great causes.

4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Pat on June 21, 2010 at 10:37 am

    As one of your new neighbors, I can say the neighborhood is thrilled with the transformation too. Congratulations!


  2. Wow, that is quite the accomplishment!


  3. Posted by Rhonda Austin on June 21, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    Beautiful!! You’ve done so much in six months. I’ve been inspired to do more with greens as a result of your blogs about them. I yard farm in Dallas Tx, and relate to the heat. Do you cool off at night? We don’t.


  4. Hi! Your garden is beautiful. My husband and I are moving back home to Albuquerque, and this is our dream. I’m so excited to see that so many people here are homesteading! Hope to meet you soon!


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