Today we want to give you some tips for gardening
success at high elevation. Many locations across Wyoming gardeners struggle because
of our high elevation, our short growing season, and our cool weather. One thing we can do
is build a raised bed. In a raised bed the soil will warm up earlier in the spring, giving
us an earlier plant date, giving those plants more time to grow and produce in the garden.
The other benefit to a raised be is that we can control the quality of the garden soil
that we put into the raised bed garden. In many locations in Wyoming our soil quality
is not great and so this is an added benefit to give our vegetable garden a little bit
of a head start. Other things that you want to consider are vegetables that are known
to do well in northern climates. So cool season crops like lettuce, spinach, kale, peas typically
do really well in Wyoming. But we can grow other things that may require a longer growing
season and plants that thrive in warmer weather like tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and those
warm season plants, but we may have to start them indoors or buy nice sized transplants
to put into our garden. For the University of Wyoming Extension, this is Chris Hilgert,
and you’re watching From the Ground Up.