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Santa Fe, NM

July 6, 2012
9:25 AM

Post #9195284

i live in increasingly drought-stricken New Mexico, but along the Northern Rio Grande river valley, luckily. (Zone 4/5.) Behind my house is a small Bosque (Woods) and S. of it is my neighbor's field, which she leases to a former Mexican-National. And twice a mo. when he irrigates his chile-patch, he ALWAYS over-waters and floods a qtr. of my-side. So, i've decided to make the best of it and therefore want to know: what Cash-Crops could i plant in the Shady & damp ground with leaf-mold 6" deep?? (besides Ginseng.)
a desert-gardener

PS: This copse does-have some gorgeous, Native-NM Wild Blue-Iris growing in it, but they're probably endangered, so can't sell them.
Tiskilwa, IL

April 24, 2013
7:31 AM

Post #9495514

Well, I'd say Black Cohosh, but I've never done anything in New Mexico, I'm in Illinois & it's native here.


Anderson, IN
(Zone 6a)

April 28, 2013
6:11 PM

Post #9500414

i don't know about food crops , How about orchids , or something that direction?


Everett, WA
(Zone 8a)

April 29, 2013
4:08 PM

Post #9501698

Could you grade your yard or put in trenches that would result in his watering your yard evenly, instead of flooding part of it?

If you have fancy-shamncy restaurants, baby-leaf lettuce and greens might be salable, and "New Mexico shade" might be like other regions' "mostly sunny".

Brassicas like moist soil, but they're cool season crops.

Or go to a farmers' market and see what gets good prices and needs water, but that not many people sell.

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