I’m being silly right now, but the answer is yes, you can grow things in the desert besides weeds.
This is just a short post on how weeds can get out of control. In the first photo I showed you our beautiful artichokes starting to flower. What I didn’t show you was the jungle of weeds that are slowly infiltrating our property.
Below are a series of photos taken from very close to the artichoke, and then zooming out so you can see the pure madness of our tumbleweeds:
Okay, and now here are more photos around the property with or without weeds:
In the photo above are watermelon, arugula and puncturevine (goathead).
Acorn squash and puncturevine. I know the puncturevine looks all cute and defenseless, but it’s not…I assure you.
In this area all along the fence are puncturevine! That bushy stuff! Yes, it’s that thick. The other things in this area are Scarlet runner beans, loofah, Armenian cucumbers, Tigger Melon, different varieties of sunflower, marshmallow, purple cone flower.
My poor zucchini plant was ravished by stink bugs. They’ve made their way to the next plant and started mating again. The DE didn’t kill them.
Here they are mating on my next zucchini plant…they’re shameless!
Need a better look? Check out the photo below: LOL
On an awesome note, check out the figs!
Guess what just popped up? Armenian cucumbers from last year. LOL One of huge cucumbers from last year that split open because it was so ripe, spilled its seeds out. I never bothered to clean them up, and POOF! this year, we have over 11 in a small area. Last year we only planted 8 Armenian starts, but this year…well, I planted them everywhere. Not including these that popped up.
One of our near death tomato plants made it back and is now producing fruit. Isn’t she pretty?!
And last, but certainly not least, our leach field in the large pasture area filled with tumbleweeds! Grrr!