Lessons Learned March 2017

Albuquerque NM, Spring Comments Off on Lessons Learned March 2017
Mar 132017

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.


Phoenix Hybrid Heralds Spring

Albuquerque NM, Spring, That's Life Comments Off on Phoenix Hybrid Heralds Spring
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.


Albuquerque GOC Bikers Plan Fundraiser

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Mar 122015

If you're looking for a way to have fun with a purpose, you can in Albuquerque. The Guardians of the Children has scheduled the following bike run; and, you can get involved whether you're a biker or not. They're looking for Vendors and Sponsors as well as bikers to participate in this fun-draiser:

2nd Annual Child Abuse Prevention Ride
Saturday, April 18

Join our annual ride for the kids.  Lots of biker fun, excitement and entertainment…all in the East Mountains. Includes an armful of raffles for FREE prizes. All bikes welcome. After-ride fun. Games, contests, fun and music. Awards for best looking gear, meanest looking choppers and more.

All proceeds support GOC Rio Grande work with abused kids.

Bikers: $20/bike
Vendors: $40/Table +$25 Raffle Gift
Sponsors: $25 Raffle Gift or more

For more information email jmm@creativeoptions.com or call 505-792-2808

It Takes a Village - Tulips

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May 092013

We've all heard that "It Takes a Village" when rearing children. But I would propose that it takes a village for us to succeed as a society. None of us survives on our lonesome. We stand among many others, learning from them and enjoying strength in numbers.

On my walk this morning I came across the remarkable stand of tulips. It grabbed my attention and I felt the need to go back to get my camera to capture it for your enjoyment.

Have a great day and enjoy the village that surrounds and supports you.


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