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.
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.
Hello Lee! I hope you'll post more about how you grow so much in such a challenging region!
posted 8 years ago
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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