December 2018

Dear DOT Garden Friends,

The end of the year is fast approaching and we’re amazed, yet again, at how much has grown, changed, and blossomed at the garden. We celebrated another year of workshops and collaboration with the Water Authority. Our annual Plant Sale & Local Garden Fest brought together nearly a thousand people and sent several thousand desert adapted plants to home and school gardens around the city. We bid farewell to our founder and director, Karen Beamish, as she began her journey in international education. Our second CSA year was bountiful and we’re excited to expand next season. All this, along with our plethora of classes for youth and adults, has made this year the best yet.

None of this would be possible without the support of community members like you. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for helping our garden grow. We can’t wait to share new ideas and opportunities for the coming year.

With gratitude,

--The DOT Garden Crew

Garden tip

Tis the season of seed catalogues and garden daydreams. If you’ve never had the joy of perusing a seed catalog, now is a great time to check out small, regionally-adapted seed companies from around the US. Whether you purchase seed or not, these smaller publications can offer excellent garden wisdom (as well as art) and are amazing starting points for your own seed saving journey.

A Year in the DOT Gardens

Enjoy this look back at 12 months of learning, labor, beauty, and bounty!

Germination tests on our saved seeds

Making potting mix from our compost and worm castings


Prepping planting beds; learning to make biochar with rocket stoves

Overflowing greenhouse; garden goodies at the UNM Sustainability Expo

Plant Sale
Our biggest yet! Thousands of plants sold and community vendors joined in the fun

Goodbyes in the Garden
Saying farewell to Karen <3

Harvesting rows of garlic

Planting ollas to water squash

Summer garden; weekly CSA provisions

Sky high corn and sunflowers

Harvesting veggies for salsa at a quesadilla party, where we also made blue corn tortillas

Fall marigolds; and a nourishing rain shows off the swales we built

Winnowing grain at a seed workshop

Prickly pear vinegar, syrup, dried herbs, salt scrub ready for our winter gift sale

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The Desert Oasis Teaching Gardens is a community education and experiential learning space at Albuquerque Academy where we explore sustainability and growing food in the arid southwest. We take the classroom into nature to investigate innovative ideas for cultivating dryland growing and we share this information across the middle Rio Grande region. The DOT Gardens is a space where everyone is welcome to volunteer their time and knowledge to inspire others to fold sustainable living into their lives. We want to support all of Albuquerque becoming more adaptable and resilient.
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