Gardening at High Elevation

| 7/11/2016 9:35:00 AM

Tags: garden boxes, rodents, pest control, high elevation gardening, remote living, off grid living, garden planning, Bruce McElmurray, Colorado,

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Growing vegetables at a high elevation can be very challenging. Over the years we have had to be flexible and creative in order to manage a small garden. We grow enough for our needs but not enough to put any vegetables up for future use.

This blog post outlines some of the challenges we have faced and how we overcame them.

Rodent Control Using Garden Boxes

One major factor that had to be overcome was dealing with rodents. We live in an area where there are chipmunks, ground squirrels, voles, mice, and moles. Just about the time our garden would reach maturity they would devastate it. By locating it adjacent to our home we wrongfully assumed that it would be less likely to be consumed by rodents.

We couldn’t have been more wrong. These little varmints have  absolutely no problem coming close to the house to get a free meal. We went to earth boxes and put them on the front deck, but again, they had no problem coming up onto our elevated deck to feast on our vegetables.

The solution was to build garden boxes that kept them out. Our soil is very rocky and we have limited space to grow vegetables to begin with. These boxes are portable and protect the vegetables from unwanted pests. As the photo depicts, they are made from wood and ½-inch hardware screen. They can be made to fit whatever area you have available and for the last 10 years have kept the rodents out.

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