High Altitude Gardening in Pagosa Springs, Colorado
[This Blog is an attempt to help new comers and those unfamiliar with gardening in the Pagosa Springs area to understand there is a great deal that one can grow successfully here. I am not an expert, but I have been gardening a fairly large garden for a few years now at 8000 feet on the Upper Piedra Road. The Colorado Extension Office is a great resource of information as well. I welcome articles from most anyone in the Pagosa Springs area that deal with gardening and related topics .]
Fall is a good time to plant fruit trees I understand. We are planting 5 sour cherry trees this week. From everything I read, sweet cherries will not do well at this altitude, but sour cherries actually do very well. I had planted 2 sour cherry trees a few years ago. They produced cherries, but the birds benefited most until I started covering the trees with a mesh material that kept the birds at bay. Last year was not that great a year for my cherries, but the year before was great. We (actually my daughter Sherry) canned about 10 jars of sour cherry preserves. They were delicious and disappeared too quickly. So I decided I wanted a few more trees. I’ll let you know when they start producing.