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a friday night film

The Field Lab - Fri, 2019/11/15 - 6:03pm
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Coming soon to Alpine...

The Field Lab - Thu, 2019/11/14 - 5:05pm
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The Evil Out Here...Part II

The Field Lab - Wed, 2019/11/13 - 3:07pm
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a winter day

The Field Lab - Tue, 2019/11/12 - 3:34pm
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a monday matinee...

The Field Lab - Mon, 2019/11/11 - 10:49am
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but don't ask for a pony...

The Field Lab - Sun, 2019/11/10 - 1:33pm
1 John 5:13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. 14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:
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interior trim

The Field Lab - Sat, 2019/11/09 - 3:35pm
Started the interior trim today and had to figure out a way to wire the light switch for the living room.  All the other wiring I can hide with trim...but not this run.  Ended up having to remove one section of ceiling tin to have just enough room to drill a hole through the double top plate so I could snake the wire behind the wall.  It's all in the details...  65,78,50,0,B
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a friday night film

The Field Lab - Fri, 2019/11/08 - 2:54pm
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Graze Days in the Railyard Park

Home Grown New Mexico - Fri, 2019/10/25 - 8:01pm

Hey everybody-Goats and sheep will be grazing in the Railyard Park on Oct 28 through Oct 30 from 11-4 pm each day! The project aims to restore the health of the soil and the Blue Grama grasses on the corner of Cerrillos Rd and Guadalupe. Come out and bring yourself, friend or child and take pics of them cleaning up the area. Should be fun!

For more information, go to the Railyard Park Conservancy

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Winter is coming! 24°F tomorrow nite!

Home Grown New Mexico - Wed, 2019/10/09 - 7:30am

As they kept saying in Game of Thrones, “Winter is coming” and it is coming here tomorrow night. Low temperatures tomorrow (Wednesday) will be 24°F and Thursday night will be 27°F. Harvesting everything you can before the cold hits. Afterwards is too late.

Most of our gardens are done but here are some crops that may still need harvesting. Pick  winter squash now and put it in the house. While winter squash likes it cold, it does not like the temperatures below freezing and can be ruined if they freeze–they should last months in the house.

Pick any green tomatoes of decent size and put them 2 layers deep in paper bags. The bags will keep the tomatoes in the dark. Then put a slice of apple in the bag (it releases ethylene gas, a natural ripening agent) and close up the bag to speed up the ripening process. Check the bag several times a week and you can move them to your kitchen table once they turn color. They are never quite as good as sun-ripened tomatoes but still 200% better than store bought and you may have home grown tomatoes into November.

Harvest all other warm season crops like beans, peppers, eggplants, corn, cucumbers, summer squash and melons-if they are not already picked.

Harvest onions if you still have any.

Cool season crops like broccoli, kale, cabbage, arugula and other leafy greens may survive but will need winter weight row cover over them to protect them from the below freezing nights. Take off in the day and recover at night when freezing. You can get row cover (winter weight) at some of the local nurseries. Just call around.

Beets and carrots should be ok but should be harvested before the ground freezes rock hard in December.

If you have lettuce, I would pick it as it will freeze. You may be able to save it with row cover over it, but it is chancy.

Herbs can be cut and dried in your house.

Of course if you have a cold frame, your season could still be extended if you cover the plants inside with row cover.

So pick everything you can today and tomorrow and don’t forget to disconnect your drip systems so they don’t freeze either. Get busy!

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