If you’re planning a vegetable garden for your mountain home this season, Coloradohighaltitude.com has some great vegetable garden-growing tips for high altitude homes. Here are a few of our favorite:
1.B The garden should get lots of sunlight. At least 8 hours a day. To help this, make sure the plot faces south or west.
2.B Taller plants should be placed on the north side of the plot. Plants like tomatoes or corn will shade other plants and hinder their sunlight consumption.
But those are just basics! And, as you know, growing in high altitude has its advantages and disadvantages. Some foods grow better than others. Some just don’t grow at all. Some need special attention. It’s not easy to figure out which. Sometimes it’s simply trial and error. The writer at Coloradohighaltitude.com had this to say about growing a variety.
Some crops have grown wonderfully in my garden such as potatoes and peas.B Other crops do not grow so well such as cabbage and other cole crops which wilt every afternoon in the hot, drying sun.B Lettuce grows thick and toughB Spinach grows well but bolts quickly.
For those of you who are (intelligently) waiting until June 1 to plant, expect a later harvest. Here’s a list of suggested veggies and their growing time as recorded by another high altitude gardening blogger.
- Bush and Pole Beans = 60 days
- Beets = 50-70 days
- Carrots = 90 days
- Sweet Corn = 60 – 90 days
- Cucumbers = 90 days
- Lettuce = 70-90 days
- Peas = 60 days
- Potatoes = 90 – 120 days
- Radishes = 30 days
- Spinach = 45 – 90 days
- Tomatoes = 55 – 90 days
Are you planning or planting? Let us know what you’re up to in a comment!