Just before Christmas, CR surprised me by bringing in a landscape architect to make our yard over into a beautiful urban farm. Perhaps he wants more fresh potatoes like the ones I grew in a black bag last summer. Or maybe he is tired of me complaining about the price of organic produce. Whatever it is, I am thrilled.
The trick is to use vegetables and fruit trees, along with ornamentals, to create a pleasing setting for a backyard barbecue, but also use the land and water productively. (You may have heard me rant before about watering grass in Colorado, which is an exercise in waste.) The first draft is here, and I am SO excited. I thought you might want to follow along with me on this journey. This is the draft.
There are many challenges to growing a hearty garden in Colorado. For one thing, the season is short–Zone 4 where we are, thought some parts of the city are Zone 5. For another, we sit at just over 7000 feet, which means a lot less oxygen and much harsher sunlight. To maximize my success, I’m starting plants indoors, in waves. Last week, I attended a class on starting seeds with grow lights, and have stocked up on materials. I can begin March 1. (Tomatoes, tomatoes, tomatoes!!)
What a Christmas present, huh?
Do you have a garden? What are the challenges where you are, and what crops to you most like to grow?