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On that note, I want to introduce our very first query, which was submitted to me by a reader in the mountains of New Mexico. Maybe we can help out and give feedback and solutions, thoughts, advice, wisdom…
“This is exciting! SO will this be a place to ask questions etc? I am just starting out with organic gardening. Have a small greenhouse and don’t know how to use it. Live at 7200 feet up in the mountains of New Mexico. A real challenge growing as our season is short here. I am eager to sell at local farmers markets. Herbs grow well here. Any advice would be appreciated!
Mar 8th, 2008 at 7:49 am
CJ: Where do you live in NM? I lived there 17 years and towards the end of my sojourn in the desert in Cedar Crest east of Albuq. It is a challenge to grow there but it can be done. My herbal garden was the best accomplished with drip irrigation and raised beds. Sage basil and oregano were the top performers. Anything that loves lots of water becomes a chore. Pebble gardening also works well there. At least you don’t have the Japanese beetles that challenge me here in NC.
Mar 8th, 2008 at 9:58 am
We live mile-high in Boulder Colorado and we use our greenhouse all summer to grow peppers and eggplants. Because those plants respond to cold nighttime temperatures by not setting fruit and the thin air up high cools off so much at night we used to have trouble getting our peppers and eggplants to produce much when we planted them outside. But in the greenhouse which keeps them warmer at night they are super-prolific. We leave the windows and doors open so the plants don’t cook during the day.
Mar 24th, 2008 at 1:06 pm
CJ specialty crops are becoming more and more popular at farmers markets and with CSA’s. You might check with local CSA farmers and see if there are any crops that they would like to offer but can not grow. For example you might find that a CSA farm would like to offer Basil but because of the amount of labor (cutting and bunching weekly) involved they can’t justify it. They might be interested in buying it from you and offering it to their customers. If you don’t have many CSA’s in your area or if you can’t find anything they need you might go to the local farmers markets regularly and see what is not offered or what sells out fast. With a greenhouse you may be able to produce crops that other farmers can’t… or… you may be able offer crops earlier and later in the season than others. I think in your area if you had tomatoes and peppers earlier and later than other farmers you’d have a huge market for your product. GOOD LUCK!