high altitude

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jasonw
By jasonw on Mon, Mar 10, 2014 - 6:20pm

Zone 5b Gardeners?

My family recently move back to Colorado to live on a 40 acre homestead closer to my wife's work and we now are faced with the challenge of growing a garden at 7800'.  Looks like we will have a 90 day growing season.  Any folks out there growing at high elevations with short seasons.  Any new special tips, tricks, ideas for success?  New crop varieties to try?

Looking forward to getting some feedback. 

Jason

 

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Noetic14
By Noetic14 on Sun, Dec 29, 2013 - 6:50pm

Underground Greenhouse - the Walipini

The Walpini is an underground greenhouse which requires little or no heating and whose plans are available online at no cost. Developed in the Andes mountains, the concept might be appropriate for high altitude areas of the United States if appropriate translucent roof panels could be found to withstand the weight of heavy snows.  Marauding wild bears might also be an insurmountable problem.  http://www.treehugger.com/green-architecture/build-underground-greenhouse-garden-year-round.html  I am seeking input from fellow members.