So what's a mountain girl to do when the rest of the world starts digging and planting?
- Plan to sync with nature! At my altitude, only cool-season crops are viable. We really have to cooperate with nature up here, because warm-season crops just don't grow. At all. So as much as I'd like to have corn and watermelons, I'll be sticking to mainly greens, beans, and roots.
- Extend, extend, extend! To ensure that everything has time to mature in our approximately 90-day growing season, most veggie gardeners up here use season-extenders of some sort so they can get seeds/seedlings out earlier and harvest a little later. This is my first year to try a season extender, and it won't be fancy - it'll be homemade covers for my square-foot gardens.
- Plant indoors (maybe). Planting seeds indoors to transplant into the garden helps get things going a little early, too. Unfortunately, the bulk of my produce is root vegetables, some of which are notoriously picky about being transfered. So we'll see.
- Protect! Like many of you, we have deer, rabbits, squirrels, chipmunks (and the occasional marauding St. Bernard), so I'll be amping up my garden-protection this year.
- Live vicariously through others! What are you doing in the garden this spring? I would loooove to enjoy your green, blooming outdoors while my surroundings lay dormant! Would you leave a comment with a link to your garden posts? I would love to read them!