Newbie Veggie gardening in ALBQ?
I just moved into a house in Rio Rancho in September, and am now planning a vegetable garden (I'm so excited). This will be my first attempt in such a climate, previous gardening was done in Seattle WA and Chicago IL. Very limited space, so I was thinking of raised beds and the square foot gardening method. Oh, and definitely organic.
Anyway, I'm looking for any advice so I can start this project off right. Since I'm going with raised beds, I need to locate reasonably-priced local sources for soil and compost, and want hints on what veggies tend to thrive here, and ones I don't have a prayer of growing successfully. I'm hoping to have 2 or 3 beds, each 4' x 8', with a soaker hose down the middle of each one.
I'm hoping to grow a wide variety of veggies, starting with lettuce, spinach, radish, and turnips and ending up in fall with cabbages and the last of the broccoli, with everything in between (really looking forward to sweet peppers, tomatos, eggplant, beans, those sorts of things).
So advice, hints, warnings . . . I'm ready for it all. Please share.