The cool, clear nights that make autumn so beautiful here in the Blue Mountains also bring frosts that kill tender vegetables. With the harvest spilling over boxes and racks around our tiny yurt, it’s a good time to reflect on what I learned this summer:
1) Plant more tomatoes. They can (at least some years) ripen at 3800 feet in northeastern Oregon.
2) Show My Beloved how well a cold frame works, then discuss greenhouses.
3) Don’t plant so many cherry tomatoes (see #1).
4) Banish Hubbard to the hinterlands.
5) Beware of rattlesnakes under eggplants
Some resources for high altitude, short season gardening:
For humane snake removal: