A Quick Update

In 2010, we moved back to the small town in Colorado that I never stopped missing while we lived in Mexico. Now I sometimes miss Mexico, but I wouldn't travel as freely as we did when we were there, camping out in remote areas and so forth.

Mexico today is in a period of change, and in many ways it is more dangerous now. That said, I have plenty of American friends who still live there very happily, just taking a few more precautions than they did in the past.

Just to say!

Rosana

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garden-veggies-middle Dec. 22, 2007 — We added four organic vegetable beds to our yard this past summer, with brick or block walls and some really good compost that a man in nearby Jocotepec, David Navarro makes and delivered to us. By the time we got the beds created, it was way too late by US standards, but we decided just to see what would thrive.

Here, lettuce on the left and carrots on the right are going strong. You can’t see the daikon, cilantro, or kale. That’s a little dog statue from Colima at the corner. We had two rare hailstorms one December day, but all the hail did was poke some holes in all the leafy greens.

garden-veggies-lowerThis is our largest bed. The tall bushy vegetation is a bunch of cherry tomatoes that are not doing much, but then we are having nights in the mid 30s to mid 40s. Next to the tomatoes are snow peas that have about stopped blooming but gave us a prodigious harvest for weeks. In front, we had green beans which are now done but we still have cucumbers, chard, kohlrabi, and a zucchini-like squash called zucchino — it, like most of our plantings, are heirloom non-hybrid seeds so we can save seeds for next year. There’s an adjacent bed with five artichoke plants coming along nicely.

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This squash is turning out to be something of a wonder. It is producing numerous long, curved zucchinos. You can sort of see three of them toppling over the garden wall here, all the way to the ground… that turned out to be a problem, as worms got in the ones resting on the ground. The statue is something we got locally, representing the rabbit in the moon (that’s what they see) with a female figure.

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Gardening in a tropical paradise at 5000 feet elevation is not all easy, though. There are a number of bugs to compete with, and we don’t always win. Here, you can see what was done to our nasturtiums. All those stems once had leaves on them — eaten by caterpillars. Kelly has picked hundreds of them off. They also like the arugula (rocket) we have there, but they completely ignore the basil and carrots nearby.

garden-veggies-meWe are happy with our gardening experiments so far. The zucchino wrapped around my neck measured 46 inches… it was delicious, stir-fried with other veggies.

In case you wonder how we clean our veggies here: if we just pick a handful of something, we usually rinse it in bottled water. But when I process as much as you see in the photo or more, it would use a good bit of bottled water, so I rinse things in our tap water which is not safe to drink. Then I fill an enamel basin I keep just for this task with the tap water and add the requisite number of drops of MicroDyn or Albiosan, both available at grocery stores, usually in the produce section. The produce sits for about 20 minutes in this bath and then I have a dish drainer I use for clean produce. This system seems to work fine.

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