EVERY YEAR IS DIFFERENT

 High elevation gardens present many challenges: variable weather, short seasons, new pests & old ones, personal health, as well as other factors such as COVID-19, which affected seed & garden supply shortages. Fortunately, I had ordered all my seeds prior to the shortages, and I generally have all the other supplies I need on hand.I'm learning to remember that EVERY YEAR IS DIFFERENT. I take disappointing harvests with an attitude of knowing I'm fortunate to have whatever I'm able to ha ...

Pack Rats

2020 SUMMER NEMESES

In the past we haven't had many problems with pests. We thought our garden was pretty much pest-proof. We were pretty sure no deer, bunnies or squirrels could get in. This year we have experienced two new nemeses that kept us busy trying to get rid of them. First, mice. Then their larger cousin, the pack rat. Yeesh! What a year. MICEEarly in May, we began to see evidence of chewing on some of the freshly transplanted seedlings, particularly things like the broccoli, cabbage & cauliflower pla ...

SNOW. SEPTEMBER 8.

Snow in September Yes, it's September. When I posted about a late snow in June, I had no idea that my very next post would be about an early snow in September, but here we are. This year, from our last snow to the first snow was 92 days. From the last day less than 32° to the first, it was 69 days. This was an unusually short summer, even here. In the previous 5 years (since I have been recording the weather) the days between last/first snow have ranged from 12 ...

SNOW IN JUNE

SNOW IN JUNE ?!?!?!?

If that's a question, the answer is YES. It can snow in June here in the Rockies. On Tuesday morning, June 9, we woke up to 2-4" of soggy snow. It was pretty windy overnight so the snow drifted to make it hard to measure exactly how much. On the average I'd say there was a good 2". The overnight low temperature was 29.5°, and was below 32° for about 5 hours. What about the garden? We are well prepared for almost anything, including snow and below-freezing temperatures. We'd seen the forecas ...

EARLY SPRING

EARLY SPRING 2020

MAY 25, 2020 - BEGINNING TO "GREEN UP" I know most folks wouldn't call this "early" spring, but here in the mountains it's still early. Because our average last frost date is sometime around June 10-15, I need to be careful about what is planted outdoors prior to that time. In the past I have started a few beds of veggies around May 15, I've kept them covered through at least the end of May, with the ability to throw on some frost cloth up to the end of June. (In 2018 and 2019, the last day of ...

LOCK DOWN!

The CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC is out there, and here in Colorado we've been "locked down" with a stay-at-home order since March 26th. Even before that, we hadn't been out much, just being careful without being asked...er...ordered. Our life here hasn't really changed all that much. Instead of trips to town once or twice a week, we now go out once every two weeks or so and we wear masks in the stores we visit. At this time our county has 6 confirmed cases of coronavirus with no deaths. I think that th ...

ASPEN CREDENZA

ASPEN FURNITURE

CREDENZA DRESSER TV STAND END TABLE SMALL END TABLE CORNER TABLE Tim has just completed our 6th piece of beautiful aspen furniture. Click on a photo to see a larger gallery photo of each one! They're gorgeous, and with all the extra drawer & cupboard space, we have room to spare! Pix are worth how many words???

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WINTER PASTIMES

BRRRRR! IT'S COLD OUTSIDE! What do we do all winter long? Winter 2019-2020 has been colder, with fewer sunny days than the previous winters we have been here. It seems longer! Today is one of those gloomy, snowy days. The past few days have been warm enough to melt quite a bit of snow & create quite a bit of mud in the process. The driveway & paths around the house are quite muddy! ...

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LIGHTING FOR EGG PRODUCTION

  FIRST EGGS FROM CURRENT DUCKS Our newest ducks have begun to lay! We received our first oval gift, 1/21/20, and the second came 4 days later. The ducks are now about 23-24 weeks old. These ducks are a week apart in age, and we have no way of knowing which ducks have layed the eggs, but we're delighted that our lighting program has worked, and we are now getting those delicious eggs. LIGHTS FOR EGGS As Tim says, we're running a duck sweat shop here by using artificial lighting to incre ...

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REVIEW: INSTANT POT ULTRA (FOR HIGH ELEVATION)

I recently got the INSTANT POT ULTRA (6-Quart) to use at my high elevation of 9,000 feet. Over the past 6 weeks or so I’ve experimented quite a bit with this and have found it to be a good choice for high elevation, but in different ways than advertised. "HIGH ALTITUDE ADJUSTMENT" The INSTANT POT ULTRA boasts a “High Altitude” feature. I’m glad I paid a little more to get this model, but not because of this feature. The high-altitude feature allows you to set your elevation in a system setti ...