High Desert Gardening
Trip to the Purple Adobe Lavender Farm in Abiquiu
The Santa Fe Garden Club sponsors continuing workshops, lectures and field trips to share information about the special challenges of gardening in this high desert environment.
What’s New for Spring 2021:
• High Country Gardens, by David Salman, needs no introduction. Relevant on their site now is their Fall-Blooming Bulbs catalog. https://www.highcountrygardens.com/flower-bulbs/spring-flower-bulbs
• Homegrown New Mexico: Community Homesteading: Grow, Raise, Make, and Preserve by the Giant Veggie Gardener https://homegrownnewmexico.wordpress.com/author/giantveggiegardener/ Offered are classes, along with a newsletter. January’s had an article on growing herbs, by Deborah Madison.
• National Gardening Association https://garden.org is another resource for gardening articles and plant information. The current issue of their newsletter has an article, “All About Oriental Poppies.”
• Garden Gate Magazine https://www.gardengatemagazine.com. Featured on this very colorful site are articles like “Guide to Edible Flowers. Also, check out their YouTube Channel, “Talk and Tour,” for how-to guides. Online now is a free, on-demand series of classes on organic gardening, in collaboration with Horticulture magazine.
• New Mexico State University Extension Service offers recorded and live online classes done by excellent instructors. In addition to classes like “Starting Seeds Early,” there’s an entire series of videos on houseplant care. https://aces.nmsu.edu/desertblooms/ready-set-grow.html
• North American Rock Garden Society includes both videos and articles, including one by our own Panayoti Kelaidis, (Durango: Where the Four Corners of America’s Flora Meet”) https://www.nargs.org
• A Way to Garden, Margaret Roach, NYT Real Estate Columnist, offers links to past columns (“It May Feel Like Winter, but it’s Time to Shop for Seeds”, Dec. 8). She also has articles on Nature, Gardening chores, and Recipes (“Soup’s On-3 Garden to Freezer Recipes”) https://awaytogarden.com
• Santa Fe Extension Master Gardeners, https://www.sfemg.org has a great newsletter that keeps you current on upcoming classes, programs, and events. Coming in March are 2 classes, “Demo Herb Garden – Herb Propagation 1” and “Herb Propagation 2.”
• SF Chapter of the Native Plant Society, which needs no explanation. Here are some upcoming programs. Please note that these links are for members only, You’re all members, right? Or, you’re going to join, right? https://www.npsnm.org/about/join/
1. David Salman, Starting Native Plants from Seed. https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/MNOTTFjY0RH3U6QpWKXtR QuDQDe7rDP_ja4Qe8VWS0SF3IO62ZuT35k5bX8hI62N.oBgYN4 g4KWrQt4lC Passcode: 3n%ZUuv0
2. Dr Tom Swetnam, Lonesome Pine: Tree Rings and the Plaza Tree of Pueblo Bonito https://zoom.us/rec/share/2cSECAYImBSOtNIP3s38KREUH3Rh1ff XwRQh5ArfIB3pIrFIAVSy2AnP4vVE64DW.uQQSCBLHgtSVMm 3m (The talk doesn’t start until 6 minutes 50 seconds in if you want to skip forward.)
3. Santa Fe Pollinator Trail partner, Recent meeting organized by Kaitlin Haase, Southwest Pollinator Conservation Specialist https://zoom.us/rec/share/hKgBbNpqUMtZQ9nYtyRvblQIiF9HuKwSLVSa42Wp_45GFP9PXyDVo2Q_F4XvbI.ILpWnPqsHjrDLvCR Access Passcode: Gy$4y0mn
Fall’s Resources–Still good Tools : https://www.bobvila.com/slideshow/10-ergonomic-tools-that-make-gardening-nearlypainless-45767
Education – online classes from the Denver Botanical Gardens: https://catalog.botanicgardens.org/default.aspx?tagid=43
Useful Website: https://www.swgardening.com : fun with plants in a dry climate Bulbs:
I know many of us want to support our local nurseries during the pandemic. But if you are limiting your trips away from home or cannot find what you want locally, these companies have been excellent online sources for me for many years. Old House Gardens specializes in antique and rare bulbs. White Flower Farm is a general nursery with a large selection of top quality bulbs. https://www.whiteflowerfarm.com https://oldhousegardens.com
Educational videos on YouTube: For those of you not using YouTube as a Horticultural Resource, I have found it invaluable. There are hundreds of short videos demonstrating all sorts of garden tasks, easily found using the YouTube search function ( the little magnifying glass icon).
Here are just a few examples of autumn task information and demonstrations. Garden Style new channel– layered Bulb pots, how to plant long lasting Fall containers Simplify Gardening channel: How to grow bulbs in containers lasagna style. J Parker’s How to layer Spring Flowering Bulbs (containers) Dayton Nursery: How to plant Spring Flowering Bulbs (in ground) Longfield Gardens: Tulip Planting Tips and Techniques Oakes Daylilies : How to divide daylilies; How to plant daylilies.