Eldorado Windy Farm

Home Farming in Eldorado

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Farm Blog, Spring 2017

March 21 - June 20

March

This winter was not an extra cold nor wet one. March opened with a 21 degree night, but most of the month was not that cold. I checked the one honeybee hive that was left and found that all the bees were dead. I decided not to be a beekeeper any longer, so I gave all my hives to a young man who is looking forward to keeping bees for the first time. We decided to enter our farm as a Registered Wildlife Refuge.

May

This month brought lots of rain and even 12 in. of snow one day although it was gone by the end of the next day. All of the gardens are looking great! Planted collards, kale, arugla and chard in the vegetable garden from the sunroom. Protecting them from the birds with strings of colored babbles from Party City. Have tomatoes and peppers ready to go in by the last of the month when the weather gets a little warmer. So far looks like we will have apples, pears, plums, cherries and peaches from the old peach tree. Trees that did not set fruit are the Fuji apple, the two peach trees in the orchard, the old pear tree, the apricot tree, small plum tree and of course the necterine tree that has never produced. Lavender is looking good and some beginning to set buds. The one beehive that I still have is being robbed out by neighborhood bees. At least some bees will enjoy the honey from the dead hive! The vegetable garden was planted and many of the small plants were eaten by mice and quail.

June

The fruit trees that did set fruit are still in good shape. The fruit is getting larger and hopefully will be good to maturity. The plants in the vegetable garden suffered from being eaten by mice and quail. They even ate part of the peppers, tomato and eggplants. The green onions and the herbs (rosemary, tarragon, thyme, oregano, marjoram, summer and winter savory) are doing well. I am beginning to pick and dry some of them for kitchen use. The lavender are all in bud and should produce a lot of dried flowers later on. The plants in the back flower garden are looking very good with lots of blooms and new growth.