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Britesea

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Welcome to Sufficient Self! We are on the dry side of the Cascade Mountains in Oregon at just short of a mile up. There are records of snow every month of the year here, and very little rain, so gardening is more of an art than a science, lol. I am slowly developing an array of crops that give us a fairly reliable harvest in a 90 day window. This year, I'm trying some leeks that supposedly only need 75 days, and some winter squash that was popular among the Ute Indians in Utah (pretty dry there, too). Some tepary bean landraces- maybe be able to select for early finish and extra drought resistance, and I have some tomatoes that are so early that the volunteers that popped up in the garden in June gave me tomatoes before the greenhouse grown plants that I got from the nursery. Also gonna try Painted Mountain corn for masa for tortillas. As I understand it, the reason it does well even in mountainous short seasons (like us!) is that the plants are quite short, and the ears have a small core, so it is able to put more time into actually growing the kernels (not a real high yield, but ANY yield is a win, here). I also have seeds of Black Tail Mountain watermelon, which is supposed to be good for northern climes, but I haven't grown them yet, as well as Tommy Apple melons, which are the only melon that ever gave me a harvest here. Now if I can just get some chickens that will actually go broody and take care of sustaining the flock, I'll be happy.
 

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There are records of snow every month of the year here,

Ack!

That would drive me batty.

With all of our issues... at least we don't snow in the summer!

Sounds like you must get some heat, since you can grow corn and beans outside.

Here I have very little heat... except the greenhouse.

So all of the hot weather things like beans or tomatoes need the green house.
 

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We have about a month of temps in the 90's, in August. It's enough if you pick the right varieties.

I had a cousin (she passed some years ago) that lived on the Kenai Peninsula; I remember vividly her telling us that for them, 70F was a major heat wave. Hard to wrap your head around when you're living in southern Cal, where I grew up, but I guess you learn to bloom where you're planted, lol
 

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Yep, 70 is insane high here.
 

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WELCOME Alaskan! Interesting reading about your temps. I could definitely tolerate a top temperature of 70F.
 
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