WHAT WE GROW AT 9,000'

Our high-elevation garden was started in 2017 at 9,000 feet in the Colorado Rockies. With four years experience growing at this elevation, I certainly do not consider myself an expert, but in this time we’ve learned a lot. When we started our garden adventure at this location we searched for as much information we could find about high elevation gardening. We wanted to know what to expect, which vegetables & fruits would or would not grow here, how to work with the climate our elevation offers. We had difficulty finding the information we wanted. 

Even though I had some doubts about growing some of the veggies I’d grown previously at our lower location, I was stubborn enough to try some things here that weren’t recommended, using what seemed to be hardier varieties suitable for a short season.

For instance, we wanted to try some berries, and had difficulty finding out what would or would not grow. With little information behind us, we bought berries that were listed as hardy to Zone 3, thinking they should grow and produce fruit. They did not well and were later removed, as you will see in the article on “BERRIES.”

WHAT GROWS & WHAT DOESN’T
Four years later, we have some results to share regarding all that we’ve tried growing and what has succeeded or failed, either outdoors or in the greenhouse. These pages provide our observations. Hopefully this information will help gardeners new to high elevation gardening to choose what to start in their garden.

CLICK ON THE PHOTOS BELOW for articles containing information on our experiences with each vegetable. As time allows, updates will be added with new varieties tried & whether they are “keepers” or not. In some cases, favorite recipes will be added for each vegetable.