Garden Bones – Gardening in a Drought


The best way to enhance your garden’s look during a drought is with metal art, antiques and whiskey barrels. By Donna Hewett. Sponsored by Three Rivers Brewery and Distil Beer Wine Spirits.

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As the weather warms, our personal outdoor space seems more precious this year. The places we nursed into havens of comfort while in quarantine are like friends, waiting to be replenished. But with the local drought, water restrictions are likely for New Mexican gardeners this Summer. Rather than plant, we suggest you enhance what you already have with what's known as garden bones. You're watching the Local News Network brought to you by 3 Rivers Brewery and Distill; beer, wine, spirits, I'm Wendy Graham Settle. Garden art is of course in the eye of the beholder, Roberta's flowers on East Main Street in Farmington is hard to miss. The parking lot is festooned with a brightly painted metal cacti and flowers, what owner Melody Hostetter calls outdoor fun stuff. She also sells Talavera pottery from Mexico and many other garden jewels, all homemade.

I also have lots of bird baths and pots and fountains. You can't buy these things at your local box store, so, if you want something unique, this is the place to come. And also, if you want to plant your flowers in the Summer, you know, out in your yard and make it beautiful, this is the place to come, and with metal art, you don't have to water it so, right?

In case you're wondering, the life-size horse-drawn carriage is also for sale, perfect for a rancher's backyard. Rusty relics from the past make great garden bones. A good source to browse is Junque & Sister in Bloomfield, it's easy to lose yourself inside, the place is huge with new arrivals daily. Owner Harvey Buzz Dunn describes his unique store's name and its contents.

It's called Junque & Sister, it's not spelled j-u-n, but spelled j-u-n-q-u-e. It was named from the previous owner and it pretty well describes all kinds of junk, the sister, nobody knows where it came from.

To create a natural practical aspect in your garden, old wooden railway ties and whiskey barrels paired with colorful annuals, make a striking juxtaposition. They're wholesome and affordable. The Redwood Store also located on East Main in Farmington is fully stocked with wooden posts and fences as well, but the most fun and varied place to shop for the garden has to be a country auction, it's easier and closer than you think. Head 40 or so miles East of Farmington to Hesperus, Colorado. On Saturday, May 1st, hundreds of items we'll be going, going, gone. Lunch will be offered, for directions and details, go to Thanks for watching this edition of the Local News Network, serving Farmington, New Mexico in Southwest Colorado, I'm Wendy Graham Settle.


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