Garden Tour Postponed … Gardening Tips Remain Available

In early May bush bean seeds were planted, which germinated quickly as the weather has been so warm. Two pepper plants and a few radish seeds have been added Courtesy/LAMG

LAMG News:

The Master Gardeners of Los Alamos County are sad to announce that due to the Covid 19 precautions there will not be a Garden Tour in June as planned.

In the future, the membership will be deciding if a Tour will happen later this year or be delayed to another year. In the meantime, the Los Alamos Master Gardeners will be providing information on different gardening subjects to be locally publicized.

Information also will be placed on the association’s website and Facebook page. Everyone is invited to ask a question about gardening in Los Alamos by contacting the Los Alamos office of the NMSU Cooperative Extension Service 505.662.2656 or valdez@ad.mnsu.edu.

The Master Gardeners’ mission is to provide education to the public on safe and proven garden methods.

Raised Bed Gardening

Tired of gophers, rocks and bending? Consider what Los Alamos Master Gardener Denise George and her husband did to make gardening easier. Following is her story:

Raised Beds for Vegetable Gardening

After years of being outwitted by clever gophers and listening to the complaints of my aging knees, it was time to investigate using a raised planting bed in our vegetable garden.

By stapling strong steel mesh to the bottom of the bed, no gopher would be able to feast on our garden bounty. Planting, weeding and feeding could be done in comfort perched on the edge. We opted for a kit which contained everything we needed for a 12’ by 4’ bed except the mesh. It took only a day to assemble.

We filled it with a combination of compost, manure and top soil in the expectation that the vegetables will thrive in such a fertile environment. This was the hard part especially since we underestimated the number of bags needed!

We laid drip irrigation hoses and in early April planted cold weather seeds: spinach, lettuce, beets and carrots, laid row cover, and waited for germination.

We are now enjoying delicious fresh lettuce and spinach salads as we are thinning the rows.

Thus far we are calling the experiment a success although like all gardening projects it will require a few tweaks. For example, the soil in the raised bed dries out much faster than the surrounding soil. When we switch over the cool weather bed to warm weather vegetables, we will redesign the irrigation.

It’s early days yet and many harvests to anticipate.