Gardening ’17, Part 2

This year, I created beds in the greenhouse for some of the veggies

My first year trying to grow veggies was 2014. I did what most probably do and gleefully purchased a variety of seeds. I learned through talking with friends that I only wanted to grow veggies that we would eat. That seems like a given but it truly isn’t. We had neighbors who grew a lot of radishes – way too many and had to give them away. Luckily, my children like to eat veggies and are always eager to learn.


Beans are doing great!

This year I planted the usual family favorites; various tomatoes and lettuces, carrots, onions, eggplant, red/yellow/green peppers, squash, cucumbers, broccoli, okra, strawberries, potatoes and jalapeno peppers.



Multicolored carrots, ready to replant in large container


I’ve also added some multicolored corn and carrots, white strawberries, large strawberries, purple cherries and tomatoes, lemon tree, raspberries, blueberries, mandarin tree, apple tree, Stevia (yes, the sweetener), chocolate mint, oregano, basil, green beans, and many, many flowers to attract hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies.


Mixture of flowers to attract bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies

Since we live in a dry area (NM), I have a greenhouse and pot or above ground box all of my plants, including the corn. I have many plants inside my house too.





All of my veggies were seeds that I planted, with the exception of the “rescues”. I am known for buying plants that don’t look well and bring them back to health.






My tomatoes grown from seeds with multicolored corn in the back

** A funny side story – My middle daughter’s high school forestry teacher, told her that she couldn’t plant tomato seeds as part of her final project because they don’t grow here in northern NM.

My tomatoes about to bloom

She laughed and said my mom grows them and they are huge! He asked her to take pics for proof and invited me to come speak to the class.


One Comment Add yours

  1. Mike says:

    Looks great Jan. There are many varieties of tomatoes that will grow in the north. We grow tomatoes here and have a 4 month growing season.


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