Wednesday, May 11, 2011

High-Altitude Gardening: Drawbacks

This is what my garden looks like right now:

Here is my covered raised bed

And my new little 4x4 raised bed

This is why we don't plant until the end of May.  This is why we don't grow tomatoes and watermelons and summer squash and all those good things without some serious planning.  This is also why my giant, stinky baby chickens are spending the whole day fouling up (ha!) my laundry room.


  1. Oh, wow! Where do you live? It has been over 90 degrees here in the desert. My biggest gardening problem this time of year is wind. We have brown-outs where there is so much dust in the air that we can't see the mountains. It really beats up my little plants.

  2. One word, polytunnel. We put one up yesterday. This morning by mid morning in the sun it was 65, in the tunnel it was 94 and it was partly cloudy. How to Grow In Your Polytunnel All Year Round is a great book. The authors live in the UK where the temps go below zero.

  3. An acrostic poem for your predicament:

  4. Sarah, we are in the mountains in Colorado, at about 9,000 ft. Wind sounds like a crazy challenge too. I think we have to fight the elements wherever we are!
    Megan, I haven't heard of that before, but I'll look into it for sure. We have temps into the -30's here, so I don't know if it would work all year. Worth a glance though!
    John O, thank you for the lovely acrostic poem. I am glad to see you appreciated my foul sense of humor... :)

  5. I so understand and another cold front is coming in tomorrow!
    Bernideen in Colorado Springs


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