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We have been spending the past year observing and planning and replanning our yard in Albuquerque, New Mexico. We are getting ready to implement our plan.
Are there any suggestion for places to get plants in town. At this point we are really considering prices of plants. Are there any plant sales that we should keep our eyes out for. Is there anyone out there who would like to barter for their projects? We are just beginning our process and would love to meet other people in town also.
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Welcome to permies Jess.

We have quite a few members from ABQ and other parts of NM.
Hopefully, one of them will chime in with some suggestions for you.

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Hello Jess, welcome to Permies!

I am wondering if you are a Jess or Jessie that I know from ABQ Old Skool. If so, small-buerque. If not, it will be smaller soon. I'll send you a PM (purple moosage) with my personal contact information. You should get an email or you can check at the top in the menu 'My purple moosages'.

I will briefly answer your question:

3 sisters gardening (corn, beans, squash) has been a staple in our area for a long time. I have some corn seeds and squash seeds that I am willing to share/trade/barter. I think you can get the beans!

I tried to get 4 sisters gardening (corn, beans, squash, and sorghum), yet my sorghum didn't survive the freeze. I believe I still have some seeds and willing to share/trade/barter.

I have found Jerusalem Artichokes do well in ABQ too. I am willing to share/trade/barter some tubers.

These plants are a good place to start. If you want nitrogen fixing trees pecans do well in our climate, mimosa, honey locust and black locust. You can use those for 'guilds'.

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Plants of the southwest had a lot of varieties that I would love to have, but the prices seemed very high.

I got their catalog while i was there and found a lot of what I wanted was available in seed---very cheaply.

Many will require cold scarification, so you won't be able to plant them this year. (although it might be worth trying--maybe they refrigerate them).

But next year you could be up to your ears in a ton of edible perennials (very small ones).

Hope that helps.

In the mean time, plant quick growing annuals everywhere to improve soil fertility.

Good luck.

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