Flora Fauna Farm

Flora Fauna Farm We are a small farm in south valley albuquerque. We raise ducks for duck eggs, grow fruits, veggies, and edible plants.
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As spring and summer were busy leapfrogging each other this year, your tree was silently preparing for winter and the ye...
07/06/2021

As spring and summer were busy leapfrogging each other this year, your tree was silently preparing for winter and the year to come.

It did this by setting dormant buds all along the current season's growth. Buds that will awaken next spring.

As this growth lignifies (becomes woody), these dormant buds become available to the observant nurseryman/woman. Available to be inserted into other growing trees.

Summer budding season has arrived... and good thing because after the hail, heat, and endless wind, I would definitely not call my early season grafts a big success this year.

But that's okay, this is the season to erase the mistakes of spring!

As spring and summer were busy leapfrogging each other this year, your tree was silently preparing for winter and the year to come.

It did this by setting dormant buds all along the current season's growth. Buds that will awaken next spring.

As this growth lignifies (becomes woody), these dormant buds become available to the observant nurseryman/woman. Available to be inserted into other growing trees.

Summer budding season has arrived... and good thing because after the hail, heat, and endless wind, I would definitely not call my early season grafts a big success this year.

But that's okay, this is the season to erase the mistakes of spring!

Mulberry moon.The first picture is of a mulberry called 'Pakistan', grafted this year. It's leaves are the size of a hum...
06/19/2021

Mulberry moon.

The first picture is of a mulberry called 'Pakistan', grafted this year. It's leaves are the size of a human head, and when we get fruit it will be the length of a pointer finger.

The second picture is fruit from a mulberry bush called 'Dwarf Everbearing'. Best tasting berries ever. Beats blackberries hands down in flavor.

If you don't think you like mulberries, you haven't tried the right one yet!!

06/05/2021

Great to see all of you this morning!! We will still be around for another hour or so if you still want to stop by.

Help us finish out the season and clear out inventory to make room for summer planting! 15% off tomorrow at the farm fro...
06/04/2021

Help us finish out the season and clear out inventory to make room for summer planting!

15% off tomorrow at the farm from 10-2 or until we sell out.

Try some Nanking cherries, Pick up duck eggs, and get leftover veggie starts for $1 each to replace your hail damaged tomatoes and peppers.

Help us finish out the season and clear out inventory to make room for summer planting!

15% off tomorrow at the farm from 10-2 or until we sell out.

Try some Nanking cherries, Pick up duck eggs, and get leftover veggie starts for $1 each to replace your hail damaged tomatoes and peppers.

*End of Season Closeout Sale!*This Saturday will end our spring nursery sales. Please come by the farm from 10:00 to 2:0...
06/03/2021

*End of Season Closeout Sale!*

This Saturday will end our spring nursery sales. Please come by the farm from 10:00 to 2:00 on Saturday and get your backyard bursting with food producing plants before the heat sets in!

15% off Elderberries, grapes, figs, currants, bush cherries, asparagus, raspberries, blackberries, artichokes, catnip, rhubarb, and others!

Enormous Tomato starts available on the cheap to those who lost tomatoes to the hail last week!

DM us or visit our website for the address and hope to see you here!

*End of Season Closeout Sale!*

This Saturday will end our spring nursery sales. Please come by the farm from 10:00 to 2:00 on Saturday and get your backyard bursting with food producing plants before the heat sets in!

15% off Elderberries, grapes, figs, currants, bush cherries, asparagus, raspberries, blackberries, artichokes, catnip, rhubarb, and others!

Enormous Tomato starts available on the cheap to those who lost tomatoes to the hail last week!

DM us or visit our website for the address and hope to see you here!

05/30/2021

Hedgerow dancing in the wind while the little people keep on foraging

Figs are like dogs: they have evolved and lived with humans for thousands of years, and everyone needs at least one (or ...
05/29/2021

Figs are like dogs: they have evolved and lived with humans for thousands of years, and everyone needs at least one (or possibly a small pack 🤣).

In Albuquerque, cold is the only real enemy to figs. They are pretty good with our high sun, extended droughts, and alkaline soils.

There are plenty of examples around town of figs that rarely freeze to the ground, often planted in protected warm microclimates. Even these are not guaranteed not to freeze, however, as a polar vortex can easily bring them to the ground.

But freezing to the ground does not mean death and can even end in fruit by the end of the summer with many varieties. That's because figs often come up from the roots and fruit their main crop on the current season's growth. Given an early enough ripening variety, and that once-frozen fig can still yield fruit!

Success is not a guarantee the first year, so it's good to get your plant as established as possible the first year and cover it up before winter hits. Or many take the safer route of bringing them in for winter in a pot.

Right now we've got some nice field-grown Marseilles Black figs with massive root systems ready to establish quickly in the heat of summer on sale for $35. Or grab a smaller 1-gallon first year Chicago Hardy or LSU purple.

www.florafauna.farm/shop

Figs are like dogs: they have evolved and lived with humans for thousands of years, and everyone needs at least one (or possibly a small pack 🤣).

In Albuquerque, cold is the only real enemy to figs. They are pretty good with our high sun, extended droughts, and alkaline soils.

There are plenty of examples around town of figs that rarely freeze to the ground, often planted in protected warm microclimates. Even these are not guaranteed not to freeze, however, as a polar vortex can easily bring them to the ground.

But freezing to the ground does not mean death and can even end in fruit by the end of the summer with many varieties. That's because figs often come up from the roots and fruit their main crop on the current season's growth. Given an early enough ripening variety, and that once-frozen fig can still yield fruit!

Success is not a guarantee the first year, so it's good to get your plant as established as possible the first year and cover it up before winter hits. Or many take the safer route of bringing them in for winter in a pot.

Right now we've got some nice field-grown Marseilles Black figs with massive root systems ready to establish quickly in the heat of summer on sale for $35. Or grab a smaller 1-gallon first year Chicago Hardy or LSU purple.

www.florafauna.farm/shop

05/27/2021

MINOR SMALL FRUIT CROPS FOR NEW MEXICO GARDENS (http://nmsu.life/smallfruits): The majority of small fruit crops—such as grape, raspberry, blackberry, and strawberry—are classified as “berry”-bearing plants. Many areas of the United States offer a great variety of small fruit crops for backyard production. Some, like blueberries, are not adapted to the alkaline soils that characterize most New Mexico gardens. For an uncommon small fruit, New Mexico gardeners can try tayberries, currants, gooseberries, elderberries, bush cherries, and sea buckthorn (sea berry). Improve your chance of success by planting in heavily composted soils in areas with good water quality (low salt levels). Also read "Rootstocks for Size-Controlled Apple Trees" http://nmsu.life/51

(Photo of gooseberries by © Krzysztof Slusarczyk | Dreamstime.com. Used with permission.)

These elderberries are up at chest height and blooming in year 2. They were the rejects from last year's online sales an...
05/26/2021

These elderberries are up at chest height and blooming in year 2.

They were the rejects from last year's online sales and went in the ground without time to get proper irrigation set up around mid-June last year. Not ideal, but nice results! The point is.. There is still a nice little window to get some fruit planted!

We will keep the store open for two more weekends, ending June 6th and then go into a summer dormancy.

Until then, come get some great grapes, figs, elderberries, currants, and more at florafauna.farm/shop

These elderberries are up at chest height and blooming in year 2.

They were the rejects from last year's online sales and went in the ground without time to get proper irrigation set up around mid-June last year. Not ideal, but nice results! The point is.. There is still a nice little window to get some fruit planted!

We will keep the store open for two more weekends, ending June 6th and then go into a summer dormancy.

Until then, come get some great grapes, figs, elderberries, currants, and more at florafauna.farm/shop

Asian pear and apple grafts are starting to wake up and looking good while still awaiting stone fruits and mulberries. J...
05/21/2021

Asian pear and apple grafts are starting to wake up and looking good while still awaiting stone fruits and mulberries.
Jujubes like the heat, so grafting waited until today. My seedling rootstock from last year is a bit small, so it makes for tedious work, but I got in 100 grafts out in the field today!

Lots of beautiful grapes heading to the railyards market tomorrow! Come get your plants!Figs! Grapes!  Elderberries! Cur...
05/15/2021

Lots of beautiful grapes heading to the railyards market tomorrow! Come get your plants!

Figs! Grapes! Elderberries! Currants! BlackBerries! Raspberries! Gooseberries! Tomatoes!

@railyardsmarket.abq

Lots of beautiful grapes heading to the railyards market tomorrow! Come get your plants!

Figs! Grapes! Elderberries! Currants! BlackBerries! Raspberries! Gooseberries! Tomatoes!

@railyardsmarket.abq

Things are coming along in the field and we've got some great new fig, elderberry, and grape varieties added to the stor...
05/11/2021

Things are coming along in the field and we've got some great new fig, elderberry, and grape varieties added to the store.

Also...this week is your final chance to snag some nice big tomato and pepper starts.

Order online and pickup any weekday this week 4-7 (or by special arrangement if you're special)

Get 'em while you can! florafauna.farm/shop

Things are coming along in the field and we've got some great new fig, elderberry, and grape varieties added to the store.

Also...this week is your final chance to snag some nice big tomato and pepper starts.

Order online and pickup any weekday this week 4-7 (or by special arrangement if you're special)

Get 'em while you can! florafauna.farm/shop

Get your chloroplast fix tomorrow at the @railyardsmarket.abq market!Beautiful edible shrubs and trees.Get there early f...
05/09/2021

Get your chloroplast fix tomorrow at the @railyardsmarket.abq market!

Beautiful edible shrubs and trees.

Get there early for duck eggs, spinach, sweet peas, kale, and veggie starts too.

Get your chloroplast fix tomorrow at the @railyardsmarket.abq market!

Beautiful edible shrubs and trees.

Get there early for duck eggs, spinach, sweet peas, kale, and veggie starts too.

Edible prickly pears available on our store at www.florafauna.farm/shop'Elisiana' prickly pears are a thornless variety ...
05/06/2021

Edible prickly pears available on our store at www.florafauna.farm/shop

'Elisiana' prickly pears are a thornless variety that we were interested in growing because they were both cold hardy and supposedly without glochids (the annoying, tiny little splinters).

Well, they have proven cold hardy now after 3 winters, but there are still some glochids on this variety. But less than other thornless varieties we've encountered, which is quite nice.

There are three main ways to eat prickly pears. Eat the pads as a vegetable called Nopales (great with scrambled eggs in our opinion) (duck eggs of course😉), add the blossom petals to salads, and eat/juice the fruit like any other fruit.

Edible prickly pears available on our store at www.florafauna.farm/shop

'Elisiana' prickly pears are a thornless variety that we were interested in growing because they were both cold hardy and supposedly without glochids (the annoying, tiny little splinters).

Well, they have proven cold hardy now after 3 winters, but there are still some glochids on this variety. But less than other thornless varieties we've encountered, which is quite nice.

There are three main ways to eat prickly pears. Eat the pads as a vegetable called Nopales (great with scrambled eggs in our opinion) (duck eggs of course😉), add the blossom petals to salads, and eat/juice the fruit like any other fruit.

Lots of big beautiful veggie starts ready to go in the ground at our online store - www.florafauna.farm/shop, the railya...
05/05/2021

Lots of big beautiful veggie starts ready to go in the ground at our online store - www.florafauna.farm/shop, the railyards online market, or in person at the rail yards market this weekend.

Tomato - sungold, black krim, black cherry, japanese black trifele, cherokee purple, valencia, and new girl

Peppers- baron poblanos, jedi jalapenos, and lunchbox

Cucumbers-tasty jade, piccolino, and lemon

With multiple different species native to the desert SW, it's likely you may have seen goji berries (also known as wolf ...
05/01/2021

With multiple different species native to the desert SW, it's likely you may have seen goji berries (also known as wolf berries) and not known it.

The plants are quite easy to grow and are excellent for wildlife, especially when planted as an edible hedge.

One of my favorite memories from southern NM was watching a family of quail run along a goji berry hedge as they snacked on the berries. It's so adaptable that even the British have been using it since the 18th century for hedges/bird habitat.

Both the fruit and leaves are eaten and used medicinally, but it's nice to get it from an improved variety, like this 'phoenix tears' goji. Still has high vitamin c, but with larger fruits and tastier flavor.

We still have some available for pickup at our farm this week. Place your order at www.florafauna.farm

Order your plants on our store at www.florafauna.farm for pick up tomorrow, next week, or next weekend.Growing cherry tr...
05/01/2021

Order your plants on our store at www.florafauna.farm for pick up tomorrow, next week, or next weekend.

Growing cherry trees in the Albuquerque area is not easy. Occasionally it works out, but more often than not they struggle.
Jan and Joel bush cherries are a dwarf cherry bush that tops out at about 3-4' tall, and much easier to grow in our area. They are also known as Meader Cherries, named after Dr. Meader, who bred these specifically for a low maintenance cherry whose fruits ripen much later in the season than normal, when birds are less prone to eat them all.

These bush cherries are delicious, but distinct from the Nanking cherry, which we also sell. They work very well together for the cherry-lover in your life, since they offer a whole new season for cherry eating.

Order your plants on our store at www.florafauna.farm for pick up tomorrow, next week, or next weekend.

Growing cherry trees in the Albuquerque area is not easy. Occasionally it works out, but more often than not they struggle.
Jan and Joel bush cherries are a dwarf cherry bush that tops out at about 3-4' tall, and much easier to grow in our area. They are also known as Meader Cherries, named after Dr. Meader, who bred these specifically for a low maintenance cherry whose fruits ripen much later in the season than normal, when birds are less prone to eat them all.

These bush cherries are delicious, but distinct from the Nanking cherry, which we also sell. They work very well together for the cherry-lover in your life, since they offer a whole new season for cherry eating.

We've been growing cold hardy pomegranate varieties for a while now, but never fully figured out a good process for root...
04/29/2021

We've been growing cold hardy pomegranate varieties for a while now, but never fully figured out a good process for rooting them until now.

This year we seem to have cracked the code and should be able to sell hundreds of pomegranates of close to a dozen unique varieties in the 1 gallon size by summer.

They are mostly hard-to-find varieties made available by Soviet botanist Gregory Levin, who trekked across Central Asia and the Trans-Caucasus in search of wild and endangered pomegranates for more than 40 years.

In the next couple weeks we'll reopen the online store at florafauna.farm where we will have more plants, veggies, fruits, and duck eggs as the season makes them available. Stay tuned and HAPPY SPRING!

We've been growing cold hardy pomegranate varieties for a while now, but never fully figured out a good process for rooting them until now.

This year we seem to have cracked the code and should be able to sell hundreds of pomegranates of close to a dozen unique varieties in the 1 gallon size by summer.

They are mostly hard-to-find varieties made available by Soviet botanist Gregory Levin, who trekked across Central Asia and the Trans-Caucasus in search of wild and endangered pomegranates for more than 40 years.

In the next couple weeks we'll reopen the online store at florafauna.farm where we will have more plants, veggies, fruits, and duck eggs as the season makes them available. Stay tuned and HAPPY SPRING!

Last year's Jujube seedlings are now young whips and graduating out to the field to stretch their roots and (eventually)...
04/29/2021

Last year's Jujube seedlings are now young whips and graduating out to the field to stretch their roots and (eventually) get grafted.

This year's new recruits are just starting to pop to replace the new grads. #ziziphus #jujube #jujubae #foodfromtrees

Nearly missed the window to collect jujube scion wood. The trees seemingly started leafing out overnight!If you bought r...
04/29/2021

Nearly missed the window to collect jujube scion wood. The trees seemingly started leafing out overnight!

If you bought rootstock from us with the intention of grafting and don't have your scion collected and stored already, then get out and get it today!
#happyspring #jujube #ziziphus #foodfromtrees

Nearly missed the window to collect jujube scion wood. The trees seemingly started leafing out overnight!

If you bought rootstock from us with the intention of grafting and don't have your scion collected and stored already, then get out and get it today!
#happyspring #jujube #ziziphus #foodfromtrees

The great Fig dig is upon us!These were intercropped with Candy Onions and Napa cabbage (long gone).Makes for a tender d...
04/29/2021

The great Fig dig is upon us!

These were intercropped with Candy Onions and Napa cabbage (long gone).

Makes for a tender digging experience, but now the onions can finish out with plenty of space to grow big.

Nice big figs will be available once they fill out the #5 pots I put them in.
#intercropping

The great Fig dig is upon us!

These were intercropped with Candy Onions and Napa cabbage (long gone).

Makes for a tender digging experience, but now the onions can finish out with plenty of space to grow big.

Nice big figs will be available once they fill out the #5 pots I put them in.
#intercropping

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421 Clark Rd SW
Albuquerque, NM
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