I hear it all the time.
“You can’t grow a garden here.”
“It’s too cold!”
(An elevation of 7,192 feet doesn’t help much either).
There is no doubt that we can have frost here any day of the year. We usually can’t plant until the first of June and sometimes even later than that. Tomatoes, corn and winter squash aren’t going to make it but all of the root vegetables do fine, and I grow lettuce, peas, beans and snow peas as well. It helps to buy quick maturing seeds from a seed catalog. Cabbage usually does well and most of the time I have broccoli and cauliflower too. A pretty good spread, especially when what grows most is sagebrush.
I laugh though when I tell people that sometimes I cover my plants more than I uncover them. My old blankets are usually in use through August and September.
When our son, Kent, and wife, Dawn, moved here three years ago, Kent came up with an innovative idea (innovation on the ranch is all but a necessity). He gathered up the leaky and discarded cattle watering tanks around the place, filled them partway with gravel and then the rest of the way with manure and topsoil, (our sagebrush soil requires a lot of organic material). After mixing the soil and manure together with a shovel he planted his seeds and I was surprised to see how well his plants did compared to mine. Last year he found a couple of tanks for me also and I planted my beans and snow peas in those.
I actually got a few extra beans and peas to put in the freezer.
From RealRancher DeeAnn B. Price – Daniel, Wyo.
Pictures by Kent C. Price