high altitude gardeningAn experienced gardener residing near sea level will perhaps spot out rhubarb pushing up ruddy red bumps out at this time of year.

However, on the higher altitudes like 1,000 feet above MSL there is still enough snow to make gardening a tough task.  Those who have a high tunnel, a hoop house, a green-house , there’s plenty of gardening to be done no matter where you live.

In fact, it is time to get on the gardening. In case you are at Alaskan heights, you can at least move dirt around with your fingers, stick some peas in it. If not, start your peas inside. The trick is to know about the fine line between winter and spring as a gardener in higher altitudes who knows which plants are likely to make it.

Even though the danger of frost continues until early or mid-June there are plenty of vegetables can be put in the ground much sooner. Many vegetables will grow happily into the wonderful, juicy essence of spring with flavor. Salads are also great to grow.

Spinach, which, especially when it is young, is very resilient against cold. Many plants, in fact, are much more resistant to the cold when they are small. Kale is another likely-to-succeed start as it is no less resilient surviving all sorts of weather toughness. Broccoli, cauliflower, Brussle sprouts, cabbages and the like — are all safe bets for early season planting.

Peas should be planted so they come up through the last of the snow. Just be sure to soak them for a day first in a bowl of water to get the seed ready to go, then plop those things in the ground and wait.

It is always advantageous to use starts this time of year. Seed germination is very dependent on soil temperature, and you can wait a long time if you plant things from seed this time of year when the soils are so cold.

Once you’ve planted your early crops, be sure to cover them up at night at least, and if it’s cool, leave that cloth on during the day, too. It keeps the warmth in the ground and protects the starts from frost at night. If a cold snap comes put some plastic over them. Also, don’t overwater this time of year — the soil is probably moist already.

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