GROWING FOOD AT 9,000 FEET

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Our High Elevation Vegetable Garden, at just under 9,000 feet elevation*, was started in the Spring of 2017. While our focus here at HIGH COUNTRY LIVING will be growing food at high elevation, there will be a great deal of general gardening tips that can apply at any location. 

GARDENING HISTORY

To start off and get an idea of where we're coming from, please read a little of our GARDENING HISTORY. This photo shows our first garden in our former location.

CHOOSING THE GARDEN SITE

Our new garden was in the planning stages for several months, starting with CHOOSING THE GARDEN SITE. All of our careful planning paid off, and we've reaped the reward of a successful garden.

OUTDOOR GARDEN

Our raised beds were topped with hoop framework to allow protection from mountain climate and pests. We grow what grows best in our climate OUTDOOR GARDEN, and the more tender plants grow in the GREENHOUSE.

GREENHOUSE

We can't grow everything we want to outdoors--not even in the summer months. We've added a heated GREENHOUSE to grow the most tender plants in the summer and a variety of things throughout the winter months.

MOUNTAIN CLIMATE & GROWING ZONES

Mountain climates can be different from one hill or meadow to the next, and determines what we can and cannot grow. At high elevation this can be tricky....

THE FOOD WE GROW

We have grown several things, either outdoors or in the greenhouse. See WHAT GROWS AT 9,000' (and what's unsuccessful).

*ELEVATION VS. ALTITUDE

There are many websites and publications about high elevation/high altitude gardening or cooking which use the words “elevation” or “altitude” arbitrarily and interchangeably. Throughout this website you’ll primarily see “elevation,” NOT “altitude” to indicate our location.

ELEVATION is used more for a PLACE on earth and its relation to sea level, i.e. a city, mountaintop, a home garden.
ALTITUDE is used to indicate an OBJECT’s relation to sea level, such as an airplane.