These next couple of weeks before Thanksgiving will be the end of this year's gardening season. Take advantage of this mild fall weather to finalize your winterizing efforts. 1. Watering - Most parts of northern NM have been blessed with ample fall rain. I've had over 3 1/2" at my house since the start of October. So the soil is nicely moist and no additional irrigation should be needed. – However, winter watering is essential for all new perennials, shrubs and trees plan
Taking a Break from Drought It was a tough, exceeding dry 2018 winter, spring and early summer growing season, until the monsoon rains materialized in July and August. The huge downpour in early July caused flooding, but did a lot of good where it was able to soak into the soil in non-eroding areas. And the rains continued into late August. Overall, it appears that much of Santa Fe county got some good rains and the fire season was not catastrophic like in other parts of the
Browsing animals and new spring transplants are a bad combination. Nothing is more annoying than going out the morning after the previous day’s labor of planting, only to find all your plants bitten off at the soil line. The lesson here is that it’s important to understand that deer and rabbit resistant plants need some initial protection from our hoofed neighbors after planting. Experience has shown me that deer and rabbit resistant plants generally don’t come that way from
Spring has sprung. The apricot and flowering plums are already blooming around Santa Fe! For the most part, the frosts have been very light and their flowers seem undamaged. It is time to get your spring clean-up under way. Turn On and Check Your Drip System for Leaks It's time to turn on your drip system. Light freezes typical in April and early May will not cause damage to your drip system. Turn on each zone and walk your landscape to find any leaks or damaged tubing.
The below average precipitation we've been experiencing this winter is likely to continue into the summer. Here are some tips for March to protect your soil and help make your garden and landscape ready for the growing season. Check Your Drip System for Leaks In a few weeks it will be safe to turn on your drip system. Light freezes typical in late March-April and early May will not cause damage to your drip system. Turn on each zone and walk your landscape to find any leak