How do you know a plant is dead?

When pruning trees and vines back , as in the case of my Crape Myrtles, I see no green, no buds, no life, nothing. Is is really dead? How long should I wait before I dig it up and start again?

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Dead or not dead?

That is the question.  While cleaning out my garden these last couple of weeks, I became ecstatic because the apple tree I’ve had since it was a teeny tiny sprout, has turned into a very handsome tree this year.  I was worried about it because we had transplanted it from another spot in the garden last year.  The one thing I was not expecting was to not see my fig tree doing the same.  Now, I’ve had several people tell me that fig trees are known to play opossum, so I am to leave it alone and keep watering.  What a tortuous tree I have chosen!  I used to have beautiful fig trees at our old house, and I love making fig jam, so we shall see.  Hopefully it will come back to life and I can pass along some fig jam.  So, does anyone have any fig tree advice for me…sing to it? pour some sort of concoction on it?

dead or not dead

Well, on to Heidi’s house to pull some bamboo out of her backyard…who knew bamboo would grow so well in the desert?

March in New Mexico

March in New Mexico

The dirt on Heidi’s Garden

Here is a glance into Heidi’s garden as we await the unpredictable changes in weather.  New Mexico is known for its schizophrenic weather forecasts.  Heidi has a great yard, very large and spacious.  She is blessed to have one of those big yards that began to disappear when people began to care more about crunching money and building edward scissorhands housing developments.  All we can do right now is prepare the beds and buy whichever little herb pops up at our local market to take the edge off of the gardening fits we are having.

The first day of spring

I celebrated this first day of spring at a 25% off sale at a local gardening store, Osuna nursery.  I held back some massive restraint. I could have gone crazy, but instead opted for the frugal four lavender plants for my front yard, which has been neglected something fierce since I put in the vegetable garden in the back.  I ended up with ‘hidcote’ english lavender.  I have collected all of my seeds in one spot and organized all of my books on one, single shelf, so pictures will follow.  I warn you; Heidi’s pictures are always going to look leaps and bounds better than mine, due to her skill and profession in photography.  I might drag her over to take some pictures once things start popping up.  We will both be taking before and after photos soon!!

Heidi & Chrissy

Welcome to our blog!  We are two ladies from Albuquerque, New Mexico who, in recent years, have decided that we want to grow vegetable gardens and write about it (original, i know).  We hope you enjoy our ranting and can learn through our successes and mistakes.  We hope that this blog can grow into a place where people can exchange ideas and recipes, and anything else we deem appropriate.  We can’t guarantee this blog will always be about gardening because we have many loves in life, family, food and music, but we hope you’ll enjoy!!