With our recent abnormally warm weather, the gardener in me was getting itchy to start the season. But I know better, with winter returning the hope that spring snows will be plentiful. Even though it’s too early to start digging outside, it’s the perfect time to learn more about gardening at high altitude.
Gardeners new to mountain communities often have trouble getting plants to thrive or even survive.
Gardening in mountain communities can be challenging, particularly above 7,500 feet. Sunlight is usually of high intensity and the humidity generally is low. But with knowledge about our unique growing conditions -— including climate, soil and water — and information on plants that do well in Pagosa, planting and maintenance techniques, insects that are beneficial, extending the growing season and creating our own compost, even the most novice gardener can be successful.