I have been busy this spring with my Seeds and Stones making and growing! Come see what I have been up to this Saturday, MAY 4th, at the Santa Fe Railyard Performance Space from 2-6pm. I will be selling vegetable … Continue reading
Spring is in the air and it is high time to dust off this beloved blog of mine. What better way to celebrate spring than a Gardening Workshop!!
I have taught gardening in different venues in this town for almost 20 years now, taking many breaks to sow seeds of my own, but I am back!! I recently took a part time job at the Santa Fe Waldorf School teaching Parent/ Child classes ( which is utterly delightful!) and I have been inspired by some of my students to bring more offerings to the greater public…..So next Saturday, April 6th from 1-4pm I will be offering a Family Friendly Gardening Workshop. The cost will be $40 per participant ( Kids are welcome and Free) and everyone will go home with their own flat of 32, 2 inch pots full of handmade soil and hand sown seeds and some transplants (like the one in the picture). We will cover how to make homemade potting mix, what seeds to start in doors and what to plant outside, when to plant what, and do the actual seedling and some transplanting together. If you would like to join please email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
This will be the first of a once a month Series of Family Craft Workshops that will offer hands on activities to families that reclaim our power to create, cultivate and nourish our head, heart and hands in a world that undermines our innate instincts to grow, make and do things for ourselves & together!
I have been busy in the jewelry studio gearing up for this Saturday, December 15th 2018! I will be selling jewels at the Railyard Performance Space with a wonderful bunch of crafty ladies from 2-6pm… As many of you noticed, I haven’t been very public lately but every Christmas I come out of the woodwork for a big well stocked show! Can’t wait to connect and catch up with all of you!! Here is a glimpse of just a few of the things I have been making.
If you are not going to make it on Saturday I will be reopening my Etsy Shop ASAP… Mostly likely early January so keep checking in …. or contact me directly if there is something you must have now!!!
November brought me a beautiful gift…Some childcare and some quiet time in my little cave to create. ( Thanks Mom) For me creativity is a part of life, like breath, that must be expressed. This year has allowed very little time for creative acts, almost like this part of myself went into hiding, but this month I have carved out some precious moments to create again and let me tell you it soothes the stifled soul and breathes life back into places where there was none!!!
It’s not only the making of things from my imagination into tangible things, but the actual stones, their colors, their magic that seeps in through my eyes and fingers tips, acting like little doses of medicine for a hungry soul.
Why so much creative energy on Jewelry? ….I have been gearing up for my first Jewelry sale in two years which will be at the Santa Fe Waldorf School this Saturday. I will be selling along side one of my favorite local artists and friends, Becca from Tree of Life Studio. There will be a ton of crafters that only share there wares at this one show so if you are looking for beautiful hand made gifts made with much love and care, I personally think this show is one of the towns best keep secrets!! So come on out and support me and other local mamas, as well as the scholarship fund for the Waldorf school, chances are you know someone who benefits from this directly!
Hope to See you Saturday!!
The summer lull is passing, the rains are here and the harvests are starting to roll in with no effort from me, many pounds of Summer Squash, Zucchini, Kale, Cabbages, Chard and a tomato or two! I really don’t do much in the garden in July, maybe prune some tomatoes, thin some beets and water as much as I can, ( in addition to irrigation I often run the sprinkler just because my plants seem to scream in the heat) I kind of dry up myself and just sit in the river and wait!…But then the light changes, the heat softens and the world turns just enough to feel the shift and I return to the garden again.
So many folks tell me this time of year, ” Oh I really didn’t garden this summer, (with a sigh) maybe next year….” It’s not too late, in fact no better time really!! Warm soil, falling rain, golden light and rainbows! It is a second spring and even better than the first if you ask me! We still have three more months of growing season here! I pull out cabbage and make room for carrots, I scratch in beets seeds, spinach, cilantro, lettuce, arugula under burgeoning Basil plants and next to heavily harvested Kale. I sneak in things where ever I can, in fact underneath is a great place to plant now because other plants can provide some shade in the heat and protection from the soil drying out too quickly for germinating seeds… some plants will be pulled out in a month or two and by then your understory will need the waning light. Now is a great time to dig in some compost and plant a whole succession of fall salad greens. You can use row cover as shade cloth and to help keep moisture in for germinating, remember the secret to getting seeds to germinate in a hot garden is that they must NEVER dry out completely… but if you are back from vacation you can handle a little watering every day! If you plant every two weeks for the next two months you will surely supply yourself with salad for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas!! What a better gift than your very own food for your family!
I seem to have let my blog posts lapse a lot this year, still finding my way with it all I suppose… But I still do take pictures everyday and they help me track what on earth I have done with my life lately… Small and simple and slow summer time over here
Watering and watering
Growing and growing
Harvesting and harvesting
Cherries cherries cherries!!!
Nan king,North star ( 30lbs!!)
Blue hatsGarden dresses and matching bonnets
Cole slaw and Kraut
And lots of sparklers!!!
Casting shadows in the setting sun.
It has been a very full 6 years, three beautiful children born to us, healthy and strong, which I celebrate today and everyday.
I feel super blessed to have brought such wonderful, bright, resilient beings to this earth and I pray everyday that I may guide and nurture them to continue to be so every day they are on this earth.
I also feel blessed to have so many beautiful, brave mamas in my life and I love to take this day to celebrate them. I have taken many pictures of pregnant mamas over the years as I have become a mother and these are just a few among many mamas I have been inspired by.
Their beauty, wisdom and strength have guided my journey in a remarkable way. These mamas have taught me to sing, dance, pray and process this metamorphorphisis of the spirit of motherhood.
Without my conmadres, I would have lost my way years ago. Thank you mamas for sheparding my way, I love you so!
The last is a poet, Jennifer Ferraro, who wrote this poem years before being a mama herself, but somehow knew so deeply what the call of motherhood felt like. This photo was taken while she recited her beautiful poem, Blessing for one about to be born, to me from memory, her words lifted on the wind.
She finally became a mother this spring after many long years of waiting. Here is her beauty and her words along with my photos– I post this every year because it is just so perfect for a little motherhood tear today. Happy Mother’s Day!
And lastly of course, my very own mother, without her none of this beautiful life would have been possible. Love you mom.
The weather has been a bit crazy lately- snow, wind, rain… but the more moisture the better right!
It is actually really great to have your soils nice a wet before you do your planting on May 15th ( last frost date in Santa Fe and most Zone 6 areas). You never want to plant into mud, because walking on soppy soils can compact the soil and create a hardpan…. but moist is good! SO this weekend should be perfect for planting! Most of us will be planting Tomatoes, Peppers, Eggplants, Cucumbers, Zucchini, and the like which are all fruits… and this Sunday, Monday and Tuesday are all Fruit days according the the bio-dynamic calendar.
I know what I want for Mothers Day!! ( Help in the garden of course!)
If you haven’t started hardening off your transplants- start today!! Put those babies out in the rain! I actually moved my tomatoes out to this shady table last week. At night I haven been covering them with row cover and often leave it on in the very direct sunny morning hours…Row cover is also great for crazy hail storm protection too!
I forgot about them some time a couple of days ago and they have been faring the nights just fine and are doing great! They are jumping out of their pots so Mother’s Day I will be planting all day!
Once you have toughened your plants up to being outside it is important to baby them a bit more after planting. Even though they may be hardened off, they are still so tender and juicy that they can get eaten, sun baked, wind blown or even pummeled with hail!… So take simple precationary measures. You can put them under row cover or use simply use a handmade cloche to protect them till they get rooted and established in the garden.
My very simple homemade cloche is a sparkling water bottle I pulled out of the recycling can and cut the bottom off. I have used these for years!!
Milk Jugs are even better cause they are a bit bigger and have that nice translucent plastic that filters the light a bit and keeps the plants a tiny bit cooler. Whatever you use, you need to make sure to take the cap off too so the hot air flows out, otherwise your little plants will bake themselves to death in the mini greenhouses!
Leave these on and water in and around them until the plant is too big to fit. Here are a few posts from years back on Hardening off, Row Cover, Spring Greens and Creative Shade covers, Transplanting tips and of course Tomatoes!!
Get ready for a big planting weekend! And of course Happy Last Frost Day!!!
May is lovely- but can be wild too. As we have seen this weekend in Santa Fe- a foot of snow!!
It is such a transitional time, the last burst of winter before it finally passes. I looked back on my calendars and it does usually snow every year in the first week of May, so though odd, it is actually to be expected.
But the good news is no harm done over here. All the little cool season greens and seeds were tucked under row cover and only seemed to perk up from crisp air all the moisture gifted to them. If you are wondering how cold CAN your cold season crops get…well
How low can they go?
The hardiest of the winter vegetables are Kale, Collards, Peas and Spinach which can take Temps as low as low 20’s and in the high teens.
Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage, Kohlrabi, Mustard Greens, Parsley, Radish, Parsnip, Turnip can all take temps 28-25 degrees.
All of these can survive under thick row cover all winter, though they may not show many signs of growth, they will start to spring new leaves in February.
Other semi-hardy vegetables are Beets, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Chinese Cabbage, Endive, Lettuce, Radicchio, Rutabega, Salsify, Bok Choy, Tatsoi and Swiss Chard, tolerant of Temps from 32-29degrees. These can usually be harvested till Christmas under heavy row cover, but will need to be replanted in the spring under row cover as well. (with the exception of Swiss Chard, this patch was almost invisible all winter under no row cover… but is coming back just fine!)
So not to worry, the storm has passed, we have gathered the moisture and now we prepare for hardening off and the planting out process… More on that to come.
Well I do! And it is time to find these babies good new homes. I always overdo it, those little seeds are so tiny and the conditions in the greenhouse, oh so right. What can I say we have germination down over here, but 450 tomatoes, what was I thinking!!!!
The good news is I have gotten a lot of help this year with seed sowing, transplanting and bed digging. We were blessed by traveling interns from Community Rebuilds in Moab Utah,
lovely, hard working hands from my SFCC Gardening days,
and my very own garden school for wee ones
So thanks to all this help, we have been getting the job done and it is time to give back.
What to do with all this abundance? We only have 1/5 of an acre and it is pretty much full already!! For the past 17 years I have worked in Santa Fe with School gardens or Garden Education of some kind so my greenhouse and hard work went to good use growing for the masses… Until this year! (not counting my own little garden school of course).
My world has grown so small and yet I have never worked so hard in my life. It’s an odd feeling I must say, and simply feeding my own family and friends simply does not feel like enough when one in every five people in New Mexico experience hunger of some sort. It is just not right and right now it feels really hard to do anything about it.
So my simple, humble attempt to nourish a few more people than my tiny family this season is to give away my healthy baby tomatoes to people who are working with school gardens/ non profits this season and can offer them a good life and help bring food and farming to the future gardeners of our community and healthy food to anyone (and everyone) who needs it. (Sadly this offer is only for my local readers, as I am not mailing baby plants anywhere)….
but if you are a local and working to feed, teach and grow this season I would be honored to give you some plants. First come first serve so…
Leave a comment letting me know who you work with a which ones you would like and you can help me feed more people!!!I will arrange a drop off time in Santa Fe with you in the coming weeks.
Tomato list- (most of the seeds I used I have saved myself over the years, but I am pretty sure the link below were the original sources and will give you a description of the varieties)