Our garden is starting to do well. The GrowShack structure was designed and built by Stephanie Smith and Hi-Desert Barnraisers, in consultation with Rhonda Hayes. The soil was made from scratch by me, under consultation with compost wizard Tim Dundon — during 2010-11 I composted a mix of woodchips and sawdust from Alma, horse manure from the McHales and leavings from our kitchen, which I then combined with some native sand. In other words, no chemicals, no fertilizers…nothing store-bought or big industry-made went into this dirt. All of the plants were purchased as starters from Mornings Nursery in 29 Palms, except for one of the grape plants which was a branch we got from our neighbor Miguel. Photos by Stephanie Smith.