Located at the base of Buckhorn Mountain at 6700' elevation, Buckhorn Gardens is a small, organic vegetable farm 13mi. south of Montrose, Colorado. Our farm is an active part of a 12,000 acre ranch; however, we only manage 3 acres with intensive vegetable gardening.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

A pomegranate blossom in the dome

Hi Folks

Our winter CSA was a great success! Even with December being the third coldest on record all of our greens and vegetables grew unfazed in our unheated high tunnels. The coldest night recorded back in December was 11 below, however it stayed a cozy 22 degrees under our mini hoops. Pretty amazing! All thanks to the awesome Colorado sun. During the day the soil is heated and at night the mini hoops covered with an agricultural blanket and plastic hold in the heat that the ground has collected all day. Under our mini hoops we grew kale, chard, perpetual spinach, salad mix, lettuce, carrots and beets. In the dome we grew chinese cabbage, bok choi, scallions, turnips and radishes. Next year we will grow more carrots however if we grow beets again we will need to start them earlier so they have more time to bulb up.

We grew greens and root crops all winter long under the mini hoops in our high tunnels

We grow our radishes in grow tubes to help use all that vertical space in the dome

Now we are gearing up for our summer CSA which starts end of April/beginning of May. We have started onions and shallots for transplanting outside in April. Peas, scallions, beets and carrots have all been seeded in the high tunnel and are already up. Kale, chard, spinach, tatsoi, mizuna and head lettuce are being transplanted this week. Next week we will seed turnips in the dome and greens in the high tunnel.

The dome this winter filled with lots food

With the left over veggies from the winter CSA, I have been making lots of yummy kale chip and nutritious kimchi.


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