My Patio Garden

It’s time to start planting. But here, in SW Colorado, the weather is capricious and often unpredictable. Warm—even hot— days and cold—sometime below freezing nights. Rain, sun, snow. Alpine or desert. Wherever you live, Colorado gardening calls for creativity. Generally, until Mother’s Day (lower altitude) or Memorial day (alpine), we bring plants in at night then put them back out in the morning, planting a “Portable Patio Garden” (where “patio” can mean anything from covered veranda to raised beds or a wide-open spot in the backyard. (And when plants do go in the ground, we often have to cover them if it’s snowing.