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I've been shooting my mouth, or maybe my keyboard, off on these forums for awhile now, and it is past time for me to make a proper introduction.

Hello, everyone.

My name is Lee Einer, and I live in Las Vegas, New Mexico, where the Great Plains meet the Sangre de Cristo mountains. I am a 55 year old, recently divorced, certificated permaculture designer.

No farm, I live in town. My back yard, five years ago, was a dirt parking lot, used by a former resident who ran a home business as an auto mechanic. The soil, when I started, was compacted enough to bounce a pick. I have never tilled it, although I now broadfork in the spring.

My little city lot is home to three varieties of apple, a saturn peach, golden currants, two varieties of gooseberry, a medlar, a jostaberry, a Turkish tree hazel, black Spanish grapes, purple asparagus, goji berries, goumi berries. a mess of walking onions and garlic chives and a whole lot more.

At present, I am chasing grant money to fund our local Farm to Restaurant Project, which you can read about here - http://www.lvfarmconnection.org

I also work as an IT tech, keeping the computer infrastructure going at a local charter school. The school is closed for the summer, and I am footloose and fancy free.

It's a good life.

I have really enjoyed reading what you all have to say.

 
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Hello Lee!  I hope you'll post more about how you grow so much in such a challenging region! 

 
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H Ludi Tyler wrote:
Hello Lee!  I hope you'll post more about how you grow so much in such a challenging region! 




I'd love to parade my brilliance but the truth is I just plant what seems to do well here. If it survives and flourishes, I plant more of it. If it goes belly up, and there is no clear reason why, I plant something else. I try to learn from my failures and replicate my successes. I've noticed that fertility seems to radiate out from around the trees, so I am learning to plant trees as fertility anchors and work outward from them with understory to expand that fertility.

I am no great shakes as a gardener. Mother Nature is the master gardener. So I try to see what She is doing and assist where I can.
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