Eighty-two Food Garden Varieties
for Las Cruces
During the May 2008 Master Gardener monthly meeting there was considerable
discussion about creating lists of plants suitable for Las Cruces
gardens. To start the process of developing a master list of food
plants that we have experience with and know will grow well here,
I have assembled my list culled from 7 years of planting records
for my garden.
The selections reflect my personal tastes, interests and gardening
style and have all produced well in my sandy garden soil, with irrigation.
The list is of course incomplete and noticeably lacking in shrub,
vine and tree fruits. Hopefully, other MG’s will fill in the
blanks and expand all categories with their own preferred varieties.
I also omitted the traditional culinary herbs, although I grow and
use most of them – they may warrant a separate list that includes
instruction on culture and use.
I have photographs of most of the plants and edible parts on this
list, if things develop to the point where that image content can
be published. Seed sources are noted for those varieties that are
single sourced or may be difficult to locate.
Some general growing instruction including seasonal sensitivities
and basic horticultural requirements would help everyone grow food
more successfully and be particularly useful to gardeners new to
our region. So, when we have a vetted list, a few paragraphs on
the peculiarities of our seasons, weather and disease vectors would
be a welcome addition.
The list of varieties is available in both rich
text and pdf
formats. (right click (windows-platform) in the rtf file and save
target as – to download and open the file in your word processor
program) Please feel free to add to it, if you find that helpful.
The NMSU Extension publications for home garden varieties are available
as linked below. They contain a wealth of information.
Zones, Recommended Crop Varieties and Planting and Harvesting Information
for Home Vegetable Gardens in New Mexico - (http://www.cahe.nmsu.edu/pubs/_circulars/circ457B.pdf)
Variety Recommendations for New Mexico Backyard and Market Gardens
I look forward to seeing a useful list of food plants for Las Cruces
in the near future.
till next time,
Doña Ana Extension Master Gardener