The extent of possible: a victory garden of sorts
Yes it is possible to have a vibrant backyard food forest in the Chihuahuan desert.
However, with daytime temperatures consistently in the nineties now, some of the cooler season plantings have bolted.
Arugula, cilantro and radishes (yes I didn’t harvest them in time) are flowering. I’m leaving them to collect seed. Ground coriander (cilantro seed) is one of my spice rack staples.
Peas and purple cabbages must come out this week.
A bulk garlic harvest is immanent.
In other areas, amaranth, callaloo, corn, beans, peppers, tomatoes, onions, potatoes, eggplant, okra and sweet potatoes are thriving.
Watermelon has just germinated today.
There are 3 figs swelling on the fig tree and 8 apricots ditto.
While the whole world has been in various versions of lockdown against the plague, this has been happening in the desert. A victory garden of sorts.