Albuquerque seems to have turned the corner. Spring is bustin' out all over and those of us who love to dig in the dirt are itching to start planting. In the city, it looks like sheltered areas will support planting now. Of course, it's a bit early and there's always a chance of a frost. I have a little plot of land at my apartment that is sheltered from winds and gets a good bit of sun so I think I'm ok to get started. On the other hand, if you live on the mountain like my daughter does, you may want to wait a bit longer because there's still frost in the mornings up there.

I've put in top soil and mulch for this pocket handkerchief sized personal garden here where I'm living. I'mGarden Plot getting ready to plant bush green beans and perhaps a tomato plant this weekend.  If you want to do this, I suggest you get something called Inoculate to prep the bean seeds. I'd never heard about it, but apparently, it gives the bean seeds an extra shot of energy to get started.

Meanwhile, whether you're itching to start gardening like me or just want to enjoy the quickening of nature that has begun, take some time to enjoy.

 

Chicago-kinda Day

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Apr 262015

Chicago-kinda-DayEvery once in a while it's nice to wake up to a Chicago-kinda day. You know, everything is grey and overcast…and you know you're in for a long period of rain.

These rainy days are rare in New Mexico but quite common in Chicago. One needs to remember that this kind of rain is good for plants and for washing dust out of the atmosphere. It's this kind of rainy day that accounts for the huge oaks and maples that line the streets in the concrete jungle. And so once in a while it's good to celebrate a Chicago-kinda day here in Albuquerque.

This isn't a day you'd necessarily want to go out birding or hiking. But there's lots of things to do. Albuquerque has some museums and art galleries, and if you are careful to walk between the rain drops, it's even a decent day to visit Old Town.

But it's also a day when baking, crocheting and board games take on new meaning.

Enjoy!

Gathering of the Nations 2015

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Apr 252015

GatheringoftheNations2015The Gathering of the Nations 2015 was breathtaking. Held in the Pit at Albuquerque UNM's Basketball Arena, it was very difficult to come up with a picture that honored the participants of this event as they should be. It was nigh impossible to get photos that  even hinted at the elegant handiwork of the costumes each wore. Each one was more breathtaking than the last.

I recall working with a Navajo chief back about 1977-80 on the first Gathering of the Nations. I had no idea how spectacular this event would become. It's too late this year, but I strongly suggest that anyone who honors Native American events take the time to search out PowWows of this type.

Phoenix Hybrid Heralds Spring

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Apr 102015

Phoenix-HybridWhile we've been enjoying delightful weather for some time now, I wasn't quite convinced that Spring was here to stay until we got this gorgeous tomato plant.

You have to understand that my frame of reference is Chicago and it won't be appropriate to plant tomatoes outdoors for at least another 3-4 weeks.

Previously, in Chicago, I was able to raise outstandig crops of cherry tomatoes (yellow and red). But this is high desert so I was a little hesitant to try them this year in Albuquerque, Instead we opted for Phoenix Hybrid. Can't wait to see how these do here. Of course, we're experimenting by planting this in a pot. Apartments with rock landscape just aren't as conducive to planting as we'd like. But this allows us to move the pot from the East where it gets lots of morning sun to out kitchen window which faces West. This should give the plant plenty of sunlight.

Stay tuned an we'll keep you posted. Those who are close friends can expect to enjoy some of the bounty come July and August.

 

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