I have been a garden teacher for many years in Santa Fe’s Public Schools and Community College and of course to my own family and friends.  I always love any opportunity to teach about growing good food from the good green earth and would love to share with you.

Consulting -I offer garden consulting and design for High Desert Homesteading where together we can create and implement a design for your very own productive, nourishing and beautiful homestead, no matter the size.  Contact me directly at to set up a consult today.

4 thoughts on “Gardening

  1. Hi Erin! I found your blog after typing in google, “New Mexico vegetable gardens” and was happy to find an image of your beautiful garden. I currently live in NE Pennsylvania and just found out that my fiance has been accepted to the University of New Mexico’s Medieval Studies Masters program. So we (including my 16 year old daughter) will be moving to Albuquerque in a couple of months.
    This is my first year in a few years that I have not started my vegetable seeds, “my babies” I call them, because I knew we would be moving. Its so sad to not see them growing. When I found out we are going to the southwest of the united states I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to have gardens. All of the houses I am looking at to rent have rocks and dirt for a yard and it kind of scared me. I am used to being surrounded by trees and flowers and vegetables. lol.
    Anyway, Your beautiful garden pictures gave me hope. I would love to take classes from you on how to garden in that zone if you get back into teaching.

    Thanks for the inspiration and hope, Sharon

    • Hi Sharon– Sorry for the delayed response. The blog has been resting for a while but so nice to come back to it to find people still interested!! First let me say, I too grew up in Pennsylvania and deeply long for the green that simply cant be recreated here in the desert… However after almost 20 years of living in New Mexico I have come to love all it has to offer. As you may soon find out, it can be very hot and dry and there is no changing that!! But you can create shade and soil to help the plants you love grow! I honestly know very little in Albq, but there are tons of farms and a great Bio Park Botanical garden worth visiting. If you come to Santa Fe we have a very inspiring Botanical garden in its first years and only getting better!.. I plan to teach more classes with them next season. I have put lots of time into my blog in years past on how, what and when to grow and most everything I have shared in a class is on there so take some time to look on through. Wishing you so much luck and patience on your desert garden journey! Stay in touch

  2. Hi Erin,
    Trying again here if last outreach did’t make it. I noticed you had mentioned our Biodynamic compost a few years back and I would love to reconnect with you and possibly be listed on your link page, as iI am on Homegrown.
    Happy to offer you a 5 g. bucket of current BD compost for you to try. Recently tested our compost with a pea seed growing for 6 weeks to adult leaf stage and glad to announce our compost is herbicide residue free. Am also having a chromatography
    test performed. Aloha from Maggie Lee, Terra Flora Gardening Design

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