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Is High Altitude Gardening for You? Find Out Today.

Guest post by Alyssa Sporrer

Gardening can be a bit like baking at this altitude...kind of tricky if you don’t have any guidance or helpful tips. Luckily, there are ample resources to make your garden successful this summer!

High Country Conservation has put together a comprehensive guide that shares everything you need to know for gardening at our high altitude. Find all of the following information HERE.

  • Which vegetables and herbs are the easiest to grow at this altitude

  • What time of year to plant your seeds

  • How far apart to plant your seeds

  • How easy / difficult it is to grow that plant successfully

  • And plenty of extra notes to help you out

Click here for more details on seed-starting dates and when it’s safe to transplant. If you’re looking for more details about where to plant, how much sunlight you need, and more, HC3 and the Summit County Library hosted a webinar with everything you need to know about high altitude gardening.

If you don’t have space for a garden, don’t worry! You can join one of the local community gardens in the County. Learn more about plot sizes, fees and more on HC3’s website.

What about nutritious soil? Close the loop and use compost from the County's compost program. When you drop off your food scraps at the drop off center, thy are turned into compost you can buy to grow new food and close the loop. Find out how easy it is to compost your food scraps locally in this article!

Gardening might be a new hobby you’ve always wanted to try but never had the time for until quarantine. Others who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19 might be looking for more ways to keep their families fed during these difficult times. While we have quite a few resources in Summit County to fight hunger, community gardens are a great way to get fresh, nutrient-rich foods at a low cost. The Grow to Share program helps provide families fresh produce at no cost to them.

Have you been gardening for a while, or are you looking for more information about how to be successful? Check out this online course with CSU. Use the code “GARDEN2020” to get FREE access through the end of May! This program can provide the information and confidence you need to start your garden or freshen up your current skills.

Try a new quarantine hobby, and sign up for a garden plot today!

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