Gardens and Chickens and Goats, Oh My!

Garden & Coop Tour 2013 - Friendly Goat

Once again it is high summer and time for garden tours. Santa Feans have a selection of garden tours to choose from. Tours range from Behind Adobe Walls and the Botanical Gardens to gardens that are a bit more home grown. As our garden is relatively modest I find inspiration from similarly DIY gardens. Home Grown New Mexico held their 3rd annual Kitchen Garden & Coop Tour in Santa Fe on July 28. Once again I biked the garden tour (easier parking and just as fast as driving!), had a great time and narrowly escaped a drenching downpour.

Instead of providing an exhaustive account of the tour here are a few things that caught my attention:

  • Gardening in the Southwest is (almost) all about water - and we still need much more rain water catchment capacity!
  • Using raised beds and imported soil is a quick way to deal with soil problems (too sandy, too clayey, not enough organic matter, etc.).
  • I envy the homes on a big lot, but I don't really want more weeds to pull.
  • I envy the homes with huge, mature trees. "The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago..."
  • Goats are very cool, but I think I'll leave the livestock husbandry to others.
  • If you have chickens, cover their run with wire mesh to keep out owls and hawks!
  • If you have chickens, you're going to have mice too.
  • There are a lot of gardeners in Santa Fe who are way more ambitious than I am!

"The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago, the second best time is now. Someone's sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree."


More Info:

HomeGrownNM - Kitchen Garden & Coop Tour

The Santa Fe Garden Club - Behind Adobe Walls Garden Tour

Santa Fe Botanical Gardens - Museum Hill Botanical Garden

Wikiquote - Trees