I missed July’s Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day because I was enjoying a week long trip in Colorado visiting my brother and sister-in-law. They have a horse ranch and while visiting, my entire family got to experience “ranch life” up close and personal. It was incredible.
But what is also incredible is the challenge of growing a garden at 8,000 feet in the beautiful Colorado mountains. For my belated Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day post, I am going to show you what my sister-in-law is growing in her completely organic, high-altitude garden right now.
The red flower above is Mexican Hat Flower.
There are both advantages and disadvantages to growing a garden at high altitude. You have a much shorter growing season which means you have to plant at the exact right moment or you miss your window of opportunity. And of course, there are a few things that just don’t work out in a short season. But those plants that get growing right away, look spectacular!!!
One advantage to high-altitude gardening is that you usually have fewer pests and disease than those of us at lower elevations. The air is also dry, so you don’t have the mildew and rot associated with humid climates. Once you get your garden planted, your biggest challenges are usually watering and the local deer population.
Here we have bachelor buttons and daisies…
Check out those hollyhocks coming up behind the latter!
And here is a great idea for creating a bird bath…
Most herbs do especially well at high altitude…
If you are interested in learning more about High Altitude Gardening, check out THIS informative website, this BLOG by a woman in Park City, Utah and THIS article from Organic Gardening Magazine. One source for seeds/plants is High Country Gardens.
I garden at sea level with an ocean breeze causing all kind of mildew problems. It is so interesting to see the same plants I struggle to grow doing so well at high-altitude without a trace of mildew. It was almost as humbling as trying to walk up a tiny hill without getting winded and collapsing in a heap. My sea level lungs just didn’t cut it too well at 8,000 feet!