Sunday, April 05, 2009

I have made a committment to put in a vegetable garden this summer. My husband had a green house addition added to our "chicken coop/music studio" this winter. We live at 7500' elev and the growing season is very short. We have raised beds ready to plant but the ground is frozen and won't be ready to work until mid-May. Are there other Sparkers living in high altitude places that have wisdom and encouragment to share with me? I think I will buy plants that are already started rather than going the seed route. We are surrounded by very tall (acidic) pines that provide shade but there are places with sun. I have lots of horse manure that I can use and my husband composts but it is dry here (Colorado) Not the greatest place to garden with anything other than native plants! I hope to hear from someone. Here is a photo of our place right now
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    ODDBODKIN is spreading rumors about me!!! - but they're true.. well, the gardening stuff is anyway!!
    I love the description you put in the comment about Colorado Springs... gotta love it! but... um... only plant outside in May if you are going to be home every night to protect the darlings from freezing nights. 'Cause it CAN freeze here very late: got snow on my Dad's memorial service on June 2 in Telluride!!!!! (I think he requested it! grin) ANYHOO.....

    We have a great extension program in Colorado and a really good on-line info resource at
    tm. In Black Forest, a good cold-frame is a must and you either need to start seeds indoors or buy plants, as you suggested. (Hate to admit it but the cheap plants at the "big box" stores are perfectly fine!) I have great success (at 6800 ft) with tomatoes, cukes, corn, peppers, horseradish, onions, lettuce, spinach, carrots, grapes, and I keep trying to find more room!!!!! I'm going to create an asparagus bed this year!

    I could go on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on,....HAH! I think I may just need to start a "Gardening" thread on the C.Springs team page.... what say you???? See you there?

    3208 days ago
    Thank you to all of you for your comments and advice. I guess this early spring weather is why people dream by looking through seed catalogues. Colorado has been so dry (and warm) all winter we are grateful for any moisture we get. Our weather pattern now is this: First the weather men get us all excited about an impending big storm that is supposed to dump about a foot of snow; the storm comes leaving just a wisp of snow and but the cold stays for a day or so; then the warm before the next storm thaws almost everything; about the 4th day after the previous storm weather reports of impending doom result in yet another disappointing squall. I long for years past hip deep wet Spring snow storms. But I am also dreaming of trees budding and Pasque flowers peeping out from the snow patches. The horses are beginning to exchange their dull winter coats for slick shiny summer hides. In the mean time they cover themselves with the thawing mud between storms and our dogs track in mud instead of coming in with frosted whiskers and clean paws.
    3208 days ago
    My stepson lives in Colorado, way up around where you probably are - he lives in Ski Country!

    We advised him to locate a plant store or agriculture store or agent and ask for pamphlets and information.

    Every state has a different name for this type of store - here in Miss they are called County Extension Stores.

    Do you have a Farm Depot? Kind of like Home Depot but it deals with animals and plants.

    You also might ask in the Colorado State Official Spark Team, you would have been placed there automatically the same as this Class Team of the week.

    Good luck!

    Welcome to SparkPeople!!
    3208 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/5/2009 7:01:20 PM
    Oh, Oh! MrsGwynn is planning a tour of the xeriscape garden in the Springs! She's master gardener herself--and she's a delightful person, to boot. I know she'll see your blog and respond to it. She grows all sorts of things--including grapes--and lives on what, to me, seems to be the east side, near Powers and Woodmen. She has raised beds and I think she's already started her summer garden. She's great.
    3209 days ago
    I'm in the midwest and I can't start my garden until the beginning of May because we still get nights in the freezing range. I grow tomatoes, zucchini, spaghetti squash, corn, broccoli and cucumbers. The zucchini seems to like it hot and dry. Tomatoes like acidic soil. We usually start seeds outside but sometimes I will buy seedlings if I can find good ones. I have a book called The Joy of Gardening that has been very helpful. Good luck with your garden, I can't wait to start mine!!
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    3209 days ago
    Wow is all I can say! I am at sea level, so I have no advice, but plenty of cheering you on spirit! Fantastic way to greet this recession, by beginning your own veggie garden! Wishing you well, and I'll be stopping by to look at any photos of veggies you care to show at the end of the season. emoticon
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    Comment edited on: 4/7/2009 10:14:57 AM
    I'm at 7,000 feet, and usually I start my plants in my house. I use my spare room for that.

    3209 days ago
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