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Short-Season, High-Altitude Gardening Publications & Resources

Choosing and Growing Adapted Vegetable Varieties > PDF
Recommended vegetable varieties for short-season, high-altitude regions, including cool-season hardy vegetables; cool-season tender vegetables; and tender warm-season vegetables. Authors: S . . . . . more details

Gardening Strategies for Short-Season, High-Altitude Zones > PDF
Part of the short-season, high-elevation gardening series, this publication covers plant selection, plant placement, management of plant growth rate and maturity, season-extending techniques, and wint . . . . . more details

Growing Peppers in Short-Season, High-Altitude Idaho Gardens > HTML
Peppers are difficult to grow if you garden or farm at high elevations (above 4,000 ft). This publication will help you to improve the odds by choosing the best type of soil; implementing season exten . . . . . more details

Growing Small-Fruit Crops in Short-Season Gardens > PDF
Choosing hardy and early maturing small-fruit varieties is critical to gardening success as is using proper maintenance techniques. Part of the Short-Season, High-Altitude Gardening series, this publi . . . . . more details

Growing Tomatoes in Cool, Short-Season Locations > PDF
Part of the short-season, high-altitude gardening series, this publication provides tips and strategies for growing tomatoes in harsh climates. Authors: Michael Bauer, Danny L. Barney, Jo . . . . . more details

Growing Tree Fruits in Short-Season Gardens > HTML
Producing your own backyard tree fruit in Idaho’s harsher climates can be difficult, but it isn’t impossible. There are many types of apples, apricots, cherries, pears, and plums that you can successf . . . . . more details

Hardy Roses for Harsh Climates > HTML
Love roses but live in a cold, high-elevation Idaho location? Don't worry. You can still grow many beautiful kinds of the national flower. Stephen L. Love studied dozens of rose varieties for their ab . . . . . more details

Herbaceous Ornamentals: Annuals, Perennials, and Ornamental Grasses > PDF
How to obtain, plant, and care for flowers, grasses, and bulbs for the short-season garden. Includes detailed tables listing hardy annuals, perennials, bulbs and grasses suitable for short-season, h . . . . . more details

Introduction to Short-Season Gardening in Idaho > PDF
Part of the short-season, high-elevation gardening series, this publication describes Idaho's three short-season climates (high desert; cool, moist locations typical of the Idaho panhandle; and high-e . . . . . more details

Landscaping with Native Plants > HTML
Cultivate healthier soils and more resilient plants on your Idaho property by using plants native to the Intermountain West in your landscape design. This extensive bulletin, with astute insights from . . . . . more details

Lawn Care in Short-Season, High-Altitude Zones > HTML
Curious about how to maintain a healthy lawn in Idaho's short-season, high-altitude climates? It’s a bit more challenging to do than in other areas of the state. Learn how to navigate their limiting f . . . . . more details

Managing Soils in Short-Season, High-Altitude Zones > PDF
Part of the short-season, high-elevation gardening series, this publication describes the three basic soil types in Idaho's short-season, high-elevation gardening zones and offers management guideli . . . . . more details

Selecting, Planting, and Caring for Trees, Shrubs, and Vines > PDF
Because they come in a variety of sizes and shapes, woody plants (trees, shrubs, and vines) are unique landscape elements that can provide scale and balance, soften a building’s hard edges, and/or add . . . . . more details

Short-Season Vegetable Gardening > PDF
Pacific Northwest gardeners often find the growing season too short to grow vegetables. Two horticulturists detail the special practices (including soil preparations, protective coverings, adaptable c . . . . . more details

University of Idaho Extension


Physical Address:
E. J. Iddings Agricultural Science Laboratory, Room 10
606 S Rayburn St

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2332
Moscow, ID 83844-2332

Phone: 208-885-7982

Fax: 208-885-9046



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