Category Archives: Phenology

Hollyhocks starting to bloom

  It is a beautiful time of the year when the flowers start to bloom.  These hollyhocks in particular were transplanted or started from seed to beautify the grounds of Sol Feliz while providing for pollinators.  These are the very … Continue reading

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Poppies and roses in full bloom at Sol Feliz Farm

The poppies and yellow roses have always bloomed together here at Sol Feliz Farm.  We like to look at the timing of flowering (phenology) and see if it might indicate anything about the growing season or if we see any … Continue reading

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Apricots flowering at Sol Feliz

Our apricot trees started flowering recently.  We inherited a wonderful apricot from my grandparents and were able to graft it to make two more trees (we had three, but one of them died.)  We got another apricot from Tooley’s Trees … Continue reading

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Maize pollinating at Sol Feliz

This is the beautiful time of the growing season when life is happening.  The corn is pollinating and we feel good knowing that everything has worked out nicely so far.  An important aspect of this time is look and make … Continue reading

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Cota flowering at Sol Feliz

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Roses in full bloom at Sol Feliz

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Harvesting dry legumes for food and research

Today we got around to some harvesting of our dry peas and fava beans.  These kinds of crops, if not picked fresh for sweet peas or green beans, are best left until the very end of their life cycle to … Continue reading

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Capulín (chokecherry) harvest

I would say capulín is an iconic food of northern New Mexico.  It is native to the Americas, I hear the ones in Mexico have fruit berries that grow several times larger than ours.  About half of the berry is … Continue reading

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First peas at Parr field

Here are the peas, or alberjon, forming and flowering.  These plants suffered some as they were planted later than usual and did not get sufficient water at the beginning.  Nevertheless, they are producing nicely to where we will get a … Continue reading

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Squash are flowering at Parr field

Here is a nice representative picture of our milpa with the squash in center stage.  You can see the beans on the left and the corn behind and on the right.  The squash are flowing and the plants are huge!  … Continue reading

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