As of May 22nd Ranger Ethan with help from Rangers John and Annie have prepared the native gardens at Kuaua. The seeds have been planted and are ready to go! We chose to construct two waffle gardens, which is an ancient water management system that involves a grid of depressions which retain water. The seeds were planted within the depressions, and thus will have adequate moisture in this dry area.
We received a seed grant from Native Seeds that is based out of Tucson, Arizona. They provided us with corn, beans, squash, amaranth, gourds, herbs, sunflowers, and devil’s claw. All of the seeds are native to the southwest, and many native to the northern part of New Mexico. CLICK HERE to see a detailed list of seeds along with descriptions and area of origin.
The northern garden will demonstrate the three sisters growing system of corn, beans, and squash. The corn provides a structure for the beans to climb on. The squash’s broad leaves shade the ground and help retain moisture. Also, the plants help each other on a chemical level as well, where one restores nutrients into the ground that the other takes out.
We are inclined to share our leftover seeds with anyone who is interested in trying to grow some of these native varieties. We have plenty of corn, beans, and devils claw available. Be sure to check back regularly, we will post every Friday about the progress of our gardens. CLICK HERE to learn more about our garden project or to see other related posts.