by Yvette Henson, San Miguel Basin CSU Extension
I live and garden at 8,400’ elevation in SW Colorado. My highest summer day-time temperatures usually don’t exceed 80 degrees F, with an occasional 90-degree day. My night-time temperatures are around 50 degrees. My frost-free growing season is around 100 days (I don’t have any weather data to use to calculate it).
So, it stands to reason that I am most successful with cool-season crops! However, I usually grow short-season tomatoes in buckets on my deck where it is a warmer microclimate and I grow green beans and occasionally summer squash, all warm-season crops. I rely on friends and family who live nearby at lower elevation with warmer summer temperatures for my squash and I share greens with them.
It’s been so dry the last few years; I’ve wistfully wondered what it would be like to garden somewhere with water. This year we have had moderate monsoon moisture and that is a welcome respite from our usual drought prone garden. The rains have made the temperatures lower as well.
I grow almost everything under season extension covers. They provide shade, help keep pests out and reduce evaporation from the soil.
I would love to hear what is growing in your garden this year, regardless of where you live! Have you grown any of the crops I am growing this year?