Why Water Harvesting is so Important

The act of water harvesting is not a way of gardening, it is a way of life. The importance of water harvesting is simple…to create a sustainable way to use rain water. If created correctly, your water harvesting area could be used not only to house a beautiful garden, but for your showers, and even…

Curandera Garden Plan

In designing a curandera garden for our Desert Oasis Teaching Garden, the hardest part was probably deciding which plants i wanted to use. I wanted most if not all of the plants to have medicinal properties that a lot of students would find helpful, so I focused on the common ailments as I browsed Michael…

The Magical Realm of Curanderismo

Curanderismo is the name for the conglomeration of techniques used in traditional Mexican healing. It originated in the native people of Mexico, most notably the Aztecs, Mayans, and Zapotecs, and when the Spanish arrived and colonized the land, the Spanish herbs and Catholic traditions fused with the already-present native methods of healing. Curanderismo includes massage, acupuncture, and…

The Garden Design

  (Photo by: Meygan) As I began the designing process, with a list of flowers, and a rough estimate of the space and shape for the garden, I had to pick specific places for each plant depending on the size of the plant, the amount of sun needed, and color.  To get some ideas, I went…

Pollinator Garden Plants

-Meygan 🙂 Flower Sun Water Space (max. tall) Soil Year to Year Growth Native Bloom Period Scientific Name Small: Mexican Evening Primrose Full Low 10 inches SW adaptable Perennial Southwest Spring – Fall Oenothera speciosa Blanket Flower Full Medium 2 feet Average to dry Perennial USA* Summer Gaillardia Pincushion Cactus Full Low 8 inches SW…

The Pollinator Garden

After meeting with Leslie, our garden designer, I began to make a list of flowers and plants that are native to New Mexico and would appeal to the pollinators. Native plants require less or no fertilizers, pesticides, water (compared to invasive species), they are less invasive in habitats, the provide habitats for the wildlife, and…