So anyway, yesterday, I started cleaning up, and considering what to grow this year. Definitely tomatoes and peppers; they stood up well to Albuquerque’s searing summer heat. I grew a lovely compact summer squash but although it popped out a bunch of small fruit, most would suddenly dry up and rot before it got anywhere near harvest size. Lots of work for very little yield, so I’m not planting another one this year. I need to learn a lot more about how to grow things in a desert climate.
My potted jasmine vine died during the winter. Lots of dried up, tangled vines and leaves. I had wanted to believe it could make it because I love jasmine so much. I did put it against the house, hoping that would provide some warmth. It would have had a better chance, maybe, if it was planted in the ground. I’m not sure.
Jasmine is a favorite, but I think I love the scent of roses more. Maybe I can find a scented rose that will grow in a pot. Jasmine and rose are my favorites but I love all scented flowers. One sniff has an immediate, uplifting effect (unless you're allergic). I planted a honeysuckle in the ground last year. It seems to have survived, but it never really flowered last year. Just a few buds here and there with no scent. I hope it blooms properly this year. The scented of natural perfumes are the best thing ever, but unscented ones are often too beautiful to reject. Last year I grew morning glories (lots of blooms) and nasturtiums (no flowers at all).
There’s a small pebbled yard next to the deck, dominated by a sickly pine tree. This whole area, including the East mountains, has some kind of pine blight. Most of the pines on my son’s land are dying too. But dying or not, it’s hard to grow anything in the yard because the pine tree roots dominate. Not counting weeds. Weeds are popping up all over this year. As a precaution I hastily cut off all the flowering buds on the ones I didn’t have time to dig out.
Last year (I just moved here last spring), there weren’t any weeds. I thought it was because of the pine tree and because the ground was so thickly mulched with pebbles. This year a pesticide-spray contractor came around and saturated the ground all over the apartment complex. They wanted to come in to do my yard but I said no. I have cancer; the last thing I want is more exposure to poisons.
If I had known that was the reason why the yard looked so sterile last year, I would have taken care to wear long rubber gloves. The guys doing the spraying were wearing gloves but no masks. Seasonal or not, that's a harsh job. I hope they don't get sick.