It is sunny, cold, and windy today on Bosque Vista.
I planted a Dwarf Alberta Spruce this week, on the west side. It joins a few other shrubs that are intended to soften the harsh north/west winds that beat my garden and home. It will also make a pretty Christmas tree seen from most of the valley below. A lovely backdrop to my garden seen from my house.
Due northwest, windward from my house, I planted a small Pinyon Pine, which will be a blessing when it gets some size…10-20 years from now.
A wall of shrubs can also cause cold air to pool as it flows downhill. I left enough space for cold air flow around the shrubs while breaking up cold winter winds. Plus giving my garden afternoon shade from the harsh New Mexico summer sun.
Everthing here has to withstand extremes in weather, and I will rely mostly on native species for my flower garden.
My best edible green is a native Amaranth, cooked like spinach or raw in salads. I had a full crop this past summer and collected a pint of seeds for sprouts this winter. Delicious, and I neither cultivated nor watered it. A lazy gardener’s delight.
As I watch the birds eating the seeds that I left behind, my wish for the new year is that the good earth provide for us all.