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After a very difficult year weather-wise and personally, I’m looking forward to 2023. For as hard as things were, though, I’m looking back on a surprisingly productive growing season. My freezer is full, I harvested lettuce until mid-October, I planted a lot of trees and shrubs, and 14 holes were occupied in my bee hotel from Taos Air Bee and Bee.

But now it’s time to get on to the next season and all new challenges!


My freezer is full of stir fry, tomatoes, fruit, and elk meat for winter.


Ordering for CSA Shares is open!

Hope for next year begins by lining up plants and seeds early. As always, there is a Spring Share and a Summer Share, with plants ready to go in the ground at the right time. I also offer a bundle of Renee’s Garden seed packets for spring and summer planting, and for the second year, Renee’s Scatter Cans.

One of my favorite builders, David Donaldson, is also taking orders for raised beds and furniture.

For gift giving any time of year, consider a Gift Certificate.

Spring Share

Summer Share

Renee’s Garden seed packets and Scatter Cans

Outdoor furniture & raised beds

Gift Certificates



‘The Book’

Over the past year, I have been compiling 11 years’ worth of my newspaper and magazine articles, blog posts, and social media posts to create a book specific to gardening here at home and up and down the Rocky Mountains. ‘The Book’ now has an official title – A Monthly Guide to Growing a Sensational Garden in Northern New Mexico and the Rocky Mountains – and it should be out in the second half of December.

That’s important because the January section is about planning your garden. Planning is essential to success, so spend the winter making maps of your garden beds and lists of plants to start from seed and to buy. Learn the benefits of succession planting and crop rotation and how to fit them into your overall plan. If you want to save seed, you’ll find out how to make room for a seed garden. I’ll also tell you the importance of keeping records of your entire growing season in a garden journal. That and more are in the January section!

So A Monthly Guide to Growing a Sensational Garden in Northern New Mexico and the Rocky Mountains should be in your hands in time for the work you need to start after the new year!

My lovely and talented friend, Christie Bundy, has done the illustrations for ‘The Book’. Hopefully, this one gets you motivated to write things down!



Thanksgiving Weekend Rituals

When friends and family are around for Thanksgiving, it’s a ritual to get a Christmas tree and talk about the holidays. There are a lot of options from cutting your own on BLM land or in the Carson National Forest to buying off a lot and getting a live tree to plant in the spring. Find details here in this piece I wrote this for the Taos News a few years ago.

Cutting, digging or buying a Christmas Tree


Spring Plant Sales

It’s early for the average gardener, but farmers are planning NOW for next year. I have dates set aside for plant sales, pick-up parties, and other events where you can get my book, A Monthly Guide to Growing a Sensational Garden in Northern New Mexico and the Rocky MountainsStay tuned in this newslettermy website, or the nannie plants Facebook page.


The Return of the Seed Swap!

After covid shut us down for a few years, Auntie Nannie’s Seed Exchange will finally be having a seed swap in the spring! Seed exchange stations will be placed around the county again. Watch for details in the new year.


Until next month!

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What glorious moisture we’ve had in March! And there’s more to come next week. I don’t like winter, but I’ve been rejoicing with each snowstorm this year.

Spring CSA Shares

Starts are all seeded and ready to grow on until they come to your garden! They’ll be ready for pick-up during the last week of April. I’ll send out a notification.

If you didn’t place an order, nannie’s Annual Plant Sale will be held on Saturday, April 30 from 11-2 at Earthgoods. Save the date, but I’ll send out a reminder before that.

This is the 10th year of the Plant Sale. It started out as me setting up in front of Re-Threads on Saturdays with a carload of plants in 2013. Over the years I set up at Pieces, More Pieces, and Taos Fly Shop. Kristen Davenport and I have teamed up to do Vagrant Heart and Earthgoods since 2018. Come to think of it, the only year we haven’t set up was 2020. We did squeeze in a seed swap in mid-March as things were getting shut down, but a public gathering, even outside, was off-limits. Last year we were at Earthgoods again with a few other vendors. People were happy to be able to congregate and eager to get gardening! It was a beautiful day, and a lot of plants got into the hands of local gardeners. Let’s repeat that this year!

Summer CSA Shares 

The deadline for ordering Summer Shares is April 15th! Tomatoes, peppers, summer and winter squash, cucumbers, eggplant, basil, chard, kale, lettuce, and flowers! Shop here:


Summer CSA Shares


Yellow cherry and Amish Paste tomatoes

Social Media

I’ve had an Instagram account for years, mostly to stalk my children (who rarely post, by the way), but I decided to start using it fora little gardening, a little art, a gardening book forthcoming’. Don’t laugh. There are only 5 posts so far. My Insta

On Facebook, you can find nannie plants and Auntie Nannie’s Seed Exchange. FB is where it all began for the seed exchange. I was sure it would fail, so I quietly made a FB page as I waited for all 5 stations to go unnoticed. Boy, was I wrong! It’s been a wonderful trip, but as you know, I handed it over to Alianza Agri-Cultura de Taos last year. It needed new energy and it got it! Tyler Eshleman of Virsylvia Farm is the new ED there. He’s a young energetic farmer with vision, just what I was looking for!

Seed Exchange Stations 

Speaking of the seed exchange, the stations are up all over Taos County! Trade your seed stash for something new and exciting! The motto is Leave a Little, Take a Little. Please don’t steal. Thanks.

Locations are:

Questa Public Library

Rael’s Store and Coffee Shop in Questa

Mid-Town Market in Arroyo Hondo

Red Willow Farm on Taos Pueblo (Tribal members only)

Rio Fernando Park in Taos

Re-Threads in Taos

Habitat for Humanity Re-Store Southside in Taos

Carson Cafe and Grocery in Carson

The SPOT in Peñasco

Talpa Community Center

Hopefully next year we will be able to have a big seed swap in addition to seed exchange stations, like the old days!


Until next time,


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In three weeks, I start planting! There’s much work to do before then, but I’m chipping away at it. I’ve rearranged the germinating room, which is a spare bedroom. Well, it’s a bedroom no longer! There’s still a lot to move around and clean, but it’ll be done in time for seeding green onions and chard!

I’m shaking off my covid weariness and replacing it with motivation and excitement for a new season. It’s not hard to do when the daffodils and tulips are popping up through the soil!


I don’t have to tell you it’s been a dry winter. We get most of our precipitation in February and March, and so far we’re way behind. Another storm is supposed to come through in the middle of next week. Cross your fingers it’s huge! As much as I dislike winter, I’ve never prayed so hard for snow.

This is a good year to set up drip irrigation in your garden so you’re not wasting water. Get water where it’s needed. Use thick mulch to reduce evaporation.

Install gutters and a cistern for rainwater collection. You’re probably saying, ‘It has to rain to catch water!’, but you’d be surprised how much water you can collect with a brief cloudburst!


Start a garden journal! Do you hear me say this every month? That’s because it’s important to your success as a gardener. Keep records of everything garden-related – weather, last and first frost dates, purchases, soil amendments, harvests, successes, failures, and dreams. Take lots of photos, too.

Use a garden planning app, a blank book, or an Instagram account. Anything that you want to engage with all season and beyond. Your garden journal will be a valuable reference for future years. 


February is a busy month for preparation. Clean your tools and seeding supplies, order seeds, plants, and summer flowering bulbs, and make plans for construction projects like walkways, fences, and patios. Houseplants will show signs of new growth, so repot those that need it and start fertilizing at half strength.

Prune your fruit trees! Get the details in this article I wrote for the Taos News last year.

Rob Heyduck, Senior Research Specialist at New Mexico State University’s Sustainable Agriculture Science Center at Alcalde, is pruning a jujube fruit tree. (Courtesy Photo) MAR16


Place your order for organic starts that are ready at the right time for planting. The deadline for Spring Shares is March 15, and for Summer Shares, April 15.

CSA Shares and Accessories


Seed exchange stations will be back in place by March 15! Many seed companies have been very generous with donations again this year. It’s so heartwarming to be part of this sharing of resources. 

No big seed swap again due to Covid. Maybe next year? I think we said that last year.

Until next time,


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I went down to Nusenda yesterday to take care of some paperwork for nannie plants. Mary asked me how long nannie plants had been in business. I had to count on my fingers (thanks, concussion and aging!), and it turns out

2022 is my TENTH SEASON!

I couldn’t believe it! It’s all because of you wonderful gardeners! Thank you for your business and loyalty all these years. 

The first year, I sold tomatoes in quart yogurt containers. Someone gave me several bags of them every few weeks throughout the spring. Apparently, yogurt was a staple in their house! I had no idea that nine years later, I’d have 3 greenhouses, a large coldframe, and a lot of lovely people in my life. It’s all good.

I’m looking forward to the upcoming growing season. Over the weekend, I was watering some herbs in the starting greenhouse and felt a little nostalgic. I missed the stress, joy, and rewards of playing with soil and seeds. This work is intense for a few months, then it comes to an abrupt end, thankfully! The rest I get between then and now, when planning is in full swing again, gives me space to appreciate all the aspects that make me want to quit every June. You’ve probably heard me say, ‘I can’t do this anymore!’, but that’s not true. I just need that downtime. I love planting. It’s my favorite time of the year. 



Like I said, 2022 is planning is in full swing! The soil is here, seed catalogs are marked up, the planting schedule is done, and orders are coming in. You can place yours here:

CSA Shares and Accessories

I’ve combined the Spring and Summer Seed Shares into one bundle and am now offering Renee’s Garden Seeds Scatter Cans on the website. Sadly, the Taos Market has closed, so I will not be able to sell seeds there. But there are Scatter Cans at KOKO again this year. They make great gifts!

As gift certificates do!

I’ve had to raise some of my prices this year, too. Like everything else, my costs have gone up. I hope the economy sorts itself out next year. 

My winter project is compiling the gardening columns I’ve written over the last 12 years and putting them into a book. Finally! People have been asking me to do this for several years! Each chapter is a list of monthly tasks followed by a couple of relevant articles. I’m hoping to have it ready by the end of January.

Pray for rain or snow and some freezing temperatures! It’s December 2, I’m wearing shorts, and plants are flowering or budding and scaring the sh*t out of us! Water your trees and perennials (that’s my chore for today when this is done!) and do a snow dance for some decent accumulation this winter. Read Cindy Brown’s article on La Niña in the Taos News.


Until next time, this guy wants you to buy a gift certificate!


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