Milagro was designed with permaculture values in mind and so our community’s landscaping includes a variety of fruit and nut trees.
Stewards of the Desert
Our landscape committee cares for the trees along with the homeowners, and the fruit is available in season for all residents to share. The productive trees include many citrus: orange, grapefruit, tangerine, meyer lemon, lime, and also several pomegranate, fig and almond trees.
We also have some native desert plants like palo verde, mesquite, and prickly pear that produce edibles.
In the midst of this desert environment it is exciting to see that careful stewardship of water can make it possible to grow this wonderful variety of food plants, as most water for the trees is cycled through our water conservation system, though they do receive some supplemental water in the summer months.
Milagritos planted our first community garden a couple years ago, and we are enjoying the challenges of growing vegetables in Tucson’s arid climate. Food can be grown year round in Tucson: in the cooler months we plant lettuces, greens like kale, chard, spinach and argula, root crops like radishes, carrots and beets, as well as broccoli, garlic, onions and peas.
In the warm season we have experimented with squash, beans, eggplant, tomatoes, peppers and melons.
We also have created a small herb garden where we grow parsely, chives, oregano, cilantro, basil, thyme, and more.
In gardening there’s always something new to try, and no doubt we will continue to experiment with new crops and new varieties, as well as with seed saving.
We garden organically, using compost created from food and garden scraps at Milagro, as well as compost from a local horse and chicken farm and other sources to enrich the soil.
The garden has a drip irrigation system to make watering as efficient as possible.
Members of the garden committee do most of the work in maintaining our garden, (though anyone is welcome to plant and participate) and the produce is available for use by everyone in the community, either for individual and family meals or for community meals.