Gardening at high altitudes poses many problems. In mountainous regions, the soil is often poor and rocky. Unexpected weather can occur often, and the growing season is shorter. Other high-altitude areas may have a desert climate with searing heat and freezing winters. High altitude plants must be hardy and adaptable. Fortunately, there are many selections, including vegetables, for a high elevation garden. Challenges of High-Altitude Gardening Perhaps you have recently moved to an area with high altitude and want to get going on your landscaping. What grows at high altitudes? The mountain garden should feature native plants that are already adapted to the conditions. When installing non-native plants, pay special attention to the plant label, noting the hardiness zone and the plant’s requirements. High elevations are often harsh and exposed to rough weather. The soil is usually low in nutrients and may be porous and hold little water. There are
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