Time to start planting summer vegetables!!

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May 15th is around the corner and many of us are chomping at the bit to get growing!


My trusty KRQE weather app on my phone says we are over the freezing nights and I believe we are out of the woods.


wall of waters

However, having said that, I would not plant my tomatoes in the ground without protection. I use wall of waters to protect them from the still chilly nights.

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Temperatures in the 40’s at night are still cold (just not freezing). The wall of waters will absorb the heat from the sun in the day and give it back to the plants at night keeping them warm.

Other warm season crops can be started from seed outside especially when we get up into the 50’s at night. If it gets cold again at night, cover the new baby plants with row cover to protect them-think of it as a nice warm blanket on them.

I will still WAIT TO PLANT my PEPPER PLANTS until the FIRST WEEK OF JUNE as they really hate being cold and will usually stall out if you plant those now. Just keep them in your house until then.


Spring Garden Fair tomorrow Sat-May 7

If you are a gardener, you won’t want to miss this FREE event by the Santa Fe Master Gardener Association. There will be vendors, how-to  information, garden demos, displays, guest garden speakers, a giant plant sale, food and much more! Come kick off the garden seasoning with this great event!

Home Grown New Mexico will have a table there with all kinds of info on what classes we still offer this year! Come by and say hi!

Tomorrow-Saturday May 7, from 9 am-3 pm at the Santa Fe County Fairgrounds on Rodeo Rd.


Spring Beer Brewing class

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Our next class is also a fundraiser for Home Grown New Mexico and has been a fun class in the past. Come learn how to brew your own beer at home!

Sunday, April 24 and May 8—Fundraising event!
Spring Beer Brewing-two day workshop

Sunday, April 24-1st session, 11 am to 3 pm-bring a sack lunch
Introduction to the Extract Method of Beer Brewing
learn how to brew your own beer at home
Instructor: Duskin Jasper
Location: Liquid Light Glass Studio-926 Baca Street • Santa Fe, NM (next to counterculture cafe)
Fee: $35 for members and non-members for both

Class is limited.  Please sign up for this 2 day class through Eventbrite:

Eventbrite - Introduction to the Extract Method of Beer Brewing

This is a two part class. In the first session using basic ingredients such as malt extract, hops, water and yeast we will brew 12 gallons of beer with simple equipment that is readily available to the home brewer. Then in the second session we will bottle the beer we made 2 weeks earlier. Each student will take home some beer.

Sunday, May 8, second session-11 am to 3 pm. Bring a sack lunch
Spring Beer bottling-Part 2 of the Beer making workshop
Learn how to bottle the beer you made on April 24
Instructor: Duskin Jasper
Location: Liquid Light Glass Studio • 926 Baca Street • Santa Fe, NM (next to counterculture cafe)

Grafting Workshop at Tooley’s Trees


Tooley’s Trees held a workshop this March on grafting.  Grafting is the technique of cloning trees by combining a branch of new growth (scion) from a tree you want to reproduce with compatible rootstock.  Growing trees from seed can produce a whole variety of  different characteristics than the  parents had.  Grafting allows you to reliably reproduce trees with the qualities that you want to preserve. They do hundreds of grafted trees at Tooley’s each year combining trees that are proven to be hardy in our climate with the appropriate rootstock.  This workshop allowed us to learn how to do the the process from the masters.  Each student got to bring home five newly grafted trees to boot!


Collecting scion wood from the orchard.


Rootstock being stored in straw.


Putting the scions and rootstock together to make new trees!

Woo! Hoo! Eldorado can raise chickens following appeals court ruling


For several years now, some of the Eldorado residents who wanted to raise a few chickens fought with their Homeowner Association (HOA) as to whether they can keep chickens as pets. The HOA said they could not raise them in the Eldorado subdivision just southeast of Santa Fe. The homeowners took the HOA to court at great costs and now the appellate court has ruled in their favor of allowing them to keep chickens.  YEA!! It’s about time that the courts saw the value of keeping chickens even if the HOA does not. Chickens are not noisy, they are friendly, and they lay eggs! What pet gives that for you! A pet with a purpose! Nothing better than fresh eggs! Congrats to all who fought for their right to have chickens! To read the story in The New Mexican, go here.

Spring Cycle of the Mother Class is Starting

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For those of you interested in learning more about Permaculture and applying it to your property and gardens, you need to read on and then take this course. It is offered by Michael Reed who is the instructor for our Soil Building class this weekend.  This class is not put on by Home Grown New Mexico but we fully support what Michael does and are excited he is offering this 6 month class to all of us.

Michael Reed is a Permaculture instructor and farmer in the South Valley in Albuquerque. His versatile background includes three terms as president of the New Mexico Farmers’ Marketing Association. He is a dedicated educator and advocate for ethical and responsible living, and works tirelessly to preserve and enhance regionally appropriate agroecosystems.

He is a founding member of the Save New Mexico Seeds Coalition and is part of a collaborative effort to collect and cultivate heirloom and adapted fruits, nuts, berries and perennials that can thrive in New Mexico’s challenging environment. There are currently over 600 different varieties in the collection, with over 400 found at his farm. Currently he is working on the design and installation of three different food forest projects throughout the state.

With over twenty five years of experience in year-round growing in this region, Michael teaches portions of the Permaculture Design Certification course offered by the Permaculture Institute as well as his own, year-round, Mother of All Backyard Gardening Courses.

Michael’s farm, La Orilla, is a living laboratory bursting with diversity. From the several hundred fruit trees to the perennial greens beds to the greywater fed vegetable beds there are working examples of theory being put into practice everywhere you turn.

In the Mother Course Michael brings his unique holistic view to gardening that you will find nowhere else.  He covers all the systems at play in nature and our relationship with them from a multi-faceted deep understanding that only comes from many years of study and practice.  After taking the class you will come away with a profoundly changed view of gardening.

The Mother of all Backyard Gardening Courses is a very comprehensive but affordable class that meets twice a month for six months at his farm in the South Valley.  Michael teaches each class on Saturday and then again the following Monday so you can pick either day to fit your schedule.  The whole course runs twice a year from equinox to equinox.  The new session starts March 19th.

If you would like your gardening efforts to work with nature in a deeper more skillful manner there is no better series of classes available than the Mother Course.  If you can’t make the first class or the whole series don’t fret.  You are welcome to drop in and take the classes a la carte. Just contact Michael so he knows to expect you.

Click on the links below for Michael’s contact information, more detailed information on the course and the topics covered in each class.

Mother Course 2016  flyer

Mother Course Schedule and Class Descriptions

Whoa!! Classes are not full


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Whoa!! Listen up! It has come to our attention that when people go to sign up for our classes or events it appears that they were already full. Eventbrite had the cutoff date to sign up on March 12 for everything, which is incorrect. (All cutoff dates are about 2 days before the start of the event) Although some classes will fill up early, there are lots of spaces still available for most classes/events. The problem has been fixed at Eventbrite. We encourage you to try to sign up again for whatever classes/events you want to go to. (The only one that is almost truly full is the Mozzarella class which is at 10 people out of 12 allowed in the class.)