ABQ Urban Farm 2020

How crazy has this year been? A once in a lifetime pandemic!

When the pandemic hit, I started growing some old seeds in my garage that were extras from years before. I used mostly old soil until I was able to get some not so great soil delivered from Wal-Mart. I didn’t know how many would take so I planted a bunch. Of everything.

I grew from seed:

  • tomatoes
  • chile
  • purple tomatillos
  • cucumbers
  • melons
  • okra
  • pumpkins
  • zucchini
  • lettuce
  • carrots
  • herbs

About the time the seeds started to sprout, I asked my neighbor for permission to grow on their lot. I have come to find out that the lot used to be a neighborhood softball lot for kids. But now it is full of goat-heads and tumbleweeds. Hell, maybe it had goat-heads and tumbleweeds back then, too. In any event, my neighbor’s also decided to try their hand at gardening. I gave them some extra zucchini seedlings, we all planted our stuff, and ABQ Urban Farm was born.

Yes, I know – ABQ Urban Farm is not much of a farm, but I have dreams, goals, and aspirations. I will eventually write some of that stuff down but for now, I will start posting back-dated blogs about what and when I planted. I will also write down where and how I screwed up.

Thanks for stopping by, the Man of Enchantment.



tomatoes and grapes



Welcome to ABQ Urban Farm!

Welcome to ABQ Urban Farm!

Hello, and welcome to the farm!  

Located in the near North Valley of Albuquerque on a former neighborhood softball field now plagued with goat heads and tumbleweeds, ABQ Urban Farm is the journey of what can be accomplished with a merely a little bit of work and a lot of imagination. 

AUF is currently not much to speak of in the farm department and is more akin to a large kitchen garden. Nonetheless it consists of about 40 tomato plants, 10 eggplants, potatoes, various types of chile, an above ground garden box with carrots, okra, and some assorted greens.  All of the plants were grown from seed by me, with exception of a few that my friend gave me that were extras.
A little bit of the background to AUF.  The land on which AUF is currently housed is not owned by me, but my neighbor’s brother, who doesn’t intend to do anything with the land for a few years.  It was not being used so I asked my neighbors if I could start a garden. Brother okayed a garden and the next week I had organic compost from Soilutions being delivered.  I spread it out, mixed it in, bought some drip tubing and viola, AUF was born. Still, it is a rudimentary exposition but it will be fun to grow on the land while I am able.  

I have both personal and professional goals that I would like to accomplish, and which I will go into more in depth as we get to know each other. To support that endeavour, I have set up a Patreon page and have established different levels of support. Please consider helping out.

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the Man of Enchantment