High Altitude Gardening 7,500ft
Growing vegetable and flower gardens at high altitude (above 7500ft). Keeping the deer out. Selecting plants that will grow well up here. Supplies: high altitude seeds. Composting, manure and soil prep.
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    High altitude vegtable gardening

    Plant later than the flatlanders Look for Russian hybrids

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    Vegies that grow well at altitude

    The key is to pick vegtables that have short grow seasons.

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    Flowers that grow well at altitude

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    The history of a high altitude garden as it evolved over the years

    Good place to see what works and what didn't.

    Greens such as spinach and swiss chard, lettuce, cole crops, carrots, beets, and onions appreciate the cool summer nights and well drained soil.

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    Seeds for High Altitude

    Seed trust has seeds specifically for high altitude gardeners

    My father and I have 50 years combined experience finding, growing and testing seeds in cold, harsh, short-season gardens.  We know what it is like to garden through 2 hail storms and 9 frosts between Memorial Day and Labor Day.  We know what it is

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    Deer Fence

    Here's one gardener's expert instructions for protecting your garden from hungry wildlife.

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    Use Mulch!

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    Providing eco friendly beautiful plants that will enrich your gardens and landscapes. Visit our garden catalog for drought tolerant plants, perennials and more

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    Setting a post in concrete

    For an 8' fence you need a hole 12" accross and 3' deep MAKE SURE THE BOTTOM OF THE HOLE IS FLAT! If it comes to a point the post will sink over time.

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    Our Deer Fence

    Here's what we're building for our deer fence. We're building this to last a Very long time in mountain winters and high winds.
    Posts:
    8 ft Cedar 4X4s (You need 8ft to keep the deer out)
    Post bases:
    Use 4" galvanized angle iron set into concrete use 2 pieces to make a "box" (note: this is overkill, I want these to be indestructible)
    Since we need 3' in the ground I'm using 5' lengths of angle iron. That way I can drive them a foot into the ground below the bottom of holes for concrete and have a foot above the concrete holding up my posts. This should make it easier to get perfectly vertical posts and give them stability while the concrete is setting.
    Drill your mounting holes in each angle iron first.
    Then mount the angle iron to your 8' 4X4s.
    Then drive them into the ground with a sledge hammer.
    Tip: If you tie washers to 3' lengths of string and then tack the string to 4 sides at the top of posts it's easy to see when they are perfectly vertical.

    For an 8' fence you need a 1' diameter hole thats 3 ft deep.
    Using angle iron for the base will also allow you to replace posts if need be in the future and will stop the wood from rotting in the concrete.

    Fencing:

    We're using chain link as we already had several hundred feet of the stuff around. If we didn't we'd use the heavy duty Polypropylene deer fence.
    We're also going to paint the chain link black. (Use a long nap roller for this and chain link fence paint) It just looks better than Guantanamo garden.

    Gate:
    You'll need a minimum of 5 posts to build a deer fence. Post #5 is for mounting your gate.
    TIP: Set all your posts First then build your gate. It's Way WAY easier to build a gate that fits the hole than to set posts a perfect distance apart.

    Stretching chain link:
    First level of chain link needs to be an L shape facing outwards. 1 foot down and 1 foot out. This keeps the rabbits out, as rabbits dig straight down when they hit an obstacle.   


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    Our Garden for 2011

    Peas - Like Sun and grow well at altitude. Plant them along the fence line and we've got a built in trellis.
    Carrots - ?
    Potatoes
    Tomatoes - Get Siberian and plant in shade.
    Sunflowers
    Lettuce


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    Polypropolene Deer Fencing

    Deer fence from Benner's Gardens deer fencing systems offering complete deer control and protection through quality deer fence products and services.

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    1 cu. ft. Steer Manure Blend

    Acquire the Earthgro 1 cu. ft. Steer Manure Blend 71751185, with organic compost it is an all-purpose soil amendment for vegetable gardens, flower beds, lawns and landscapes from The Home Depot at The Home Depot

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    How to design and build wicking bed raised gardens for use in Austin Texas and elsewhere. Wicking beds are a great way to save water and always maintain proper watering of your plants.

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    Munstead lavendar

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    Salvia

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    Poppies grow great at Altitude

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    Our Deef Fence

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High Altitude Gardening - AKA growing veggies and flowers at 7500ft!

We live in the mountains of Colorado and love gardening. Which leads to all sorts of problems. The sun cooks everything in a heart beat, we've got very little water and anything that we do manage to gt growing gets eaten by the critters. Everything that lives in Colorado is wadering through our yard...
Despite all that we've figured out how to have some pretty nice flower gardens as well as growing our own fresh vegatables. We've put this collection together to pass on to our friends and neighbors. Please leave of comment if this helps or if you have more tips to pass on. Cheers!


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    High altitude vegtable gardening

    Plant later than the flatlanders Look for Russian hybrids

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    Our Garden for 2011

    Peas - Like Sun and grow well at altitude. Plant them along the fence line and we've got a built in trellis.
    Carrots - ?
    Potatoes
    Tomatoes - Get Siberian and plant in shade.
    Sunflowers
    Lettuce


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    The history of a high altitude garden as it evolved over the years

    Good place to see what works and what didn't.

    Greens such as spinach and swiss chard, lettuce, cole crops, carrots, beets, and onions appreciate the cool summer nights and well drained soil.

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What we Built for a Deer Fence - Works Great!

Here's what we're building for our deer fence. We're building this to last a Very long time in mountain winters and high winds.
Posts:
8 ft Cedar 4X4s (You need 8ft to keep the deer out)
Post bases:
Use 4" galvanized angle iron set into concrete use 2 pieces to make a "box" (note: this is overkill, I want these to be indestructible)
Since we need 3' in the ground I'm using 5' lengths of angle iron. That way I can drive them a foot into the ground below the bottom of holes for concrete and have a foot above the concrete holding up my posts. This should make it easier to get perfectly vertical posts and give them stability while the concrete is setting.
Drill your mounting holes in each angle iron first.
Then mount the angle iron to your 8' 4X4s.
Then drive them into the ground with a sledge hammer.
Tip: If you tie washers to 3' lengths of string and then tack the string to 4 sides at the top of posts it's easy to see when they are perfectly vertical.

For an 8' fence you need a 1' diameter hole thats 3 ft deep.
Using angle iron for the base will also allow you to replace posts if need be in the future and will stop the wood from rotting in the concrete.

Fencing:

We're using chain link as we already had several hundred feet of the stuff around. If we didn't we'd use the heavy duty Polypropylene deer fence.
We're also going to paint the chain link black. (Use a long nap roller for this and chain link fence paint) It just looks better than Guantanamo garden.

Gate:
You'll need a minimum of 5 posts to build a deer fence. Post #5 is for mounting your gate.
TIP: Set all your posts First then build your gate. It's Way WAY easier to build a gate that fits the hole than to set posts a perfect distance apart.

Stretching chain link:
First level of chain link needs to be an L shape facing outwards. 1 foot down and 1 foot out. This keeps the rabbits out, as rabbits dig straight down when they hit an obstacle.  


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Wicking bed raised garden - Great for Mountains
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High altitude soil prep in Colorado

2 Big things to deal with in the mountains of Colorado.
1) Pine needles make soil Very acidic. 2) Vegetables like very rich black soil which is the opposite of what you get in the mountains.
Both can be dealt with by adding Tons of Compost.
How to Calculate amount needed:
1) Measure your garden (e.g. 10X20 ft.)
2) How deep do you want your compost - (e.g. 6" or 0.5ft. for a new garden)
Do the Math:  Width X Length X Height = Volume  (Compost is sold in Cubic ft. or Cubic yards)
e.g. 10 X 20 X 0.5 = 100 cubic feet  (divide by 27 for cubic yards  e.g. 100 cubic feet is 3.7 cubic yards)

 


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