Gardening anywhere is a dynamic operation but it really seems to be so at higher elevations in Colorado. I am going to share some of my trials and tribulations of mountain gardening. For example, I put a fence around my raised beds about 3 feet from the edges to allow for easier movement for me and to keep my dogs out of the beds. That worked really well for about two years. But last summer a chipmunk realized he could get into the garden area and not be bothered by the dog. Now I have seen that a rabbit has also made this discovery and is feeling much more at ease in the garden area. So it will be back to the design drawing board. I think I will be moving toward a movable barrier that will go right on the beds. Not so convenient for me but should keep the critters at bay and the dog will love being right next to my feet when I am working there. He loves peas and kale, so maybe he can help guard them in exchange for a few to eat.
|With every drop, the surface is different|
|The garden fence|
|Attempt at a cover crop|