Gardening in Winter Park, Fraser, and Grand County
I grew up in northeast Ohio, and have fond summer memories of our lush green yard, driveway lined with lilacs, blueberry bushes taller than me, flower beds, and raised beds full of vegetables. Most of this was the result of my mom’s summer gardening hobby.
I’ve been in the Winter Park and Fraser area since 2004, and still enjoy admiring flowers in the summer, whether they are off the trails while hiking, biking, and running, or around the different towns throughout Grand County. Pole Creek Golf Club has gorgeous flower beds and natural wild flowers.
At 8000 feet (+/-) growing flowers, fruits, and vegetables looks a bit different here. My mom has relocated to Fraser from Ohio, now plants flower boxes and pots for me to enjoy, and had a few tips that I think are worth sharing for others looking to brighten their mountain property this summer!
We have a short growing season, hardier perennials do well here, they will just bloom later than normal
Root vegetables and bulbs such as vegetables do well
Plant later - depending on the year, sometime between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day is usually safe so your plants don’t freeze, but you still might have to cover or bring them in on cooler nights
The Fraser Community Garden has a raised bed of perennials that do well in the mountains labeled. This is a great way to get ideas!
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