I had a lady at church say to me last Sunday, "Gardens are impossible in Wyoming. The growing season is so short." Well, this blog is for everyone out there who thinks you can't have a fabulous garden, even in Wyoming!
The average frost free days in Riverton run from May 10 to September 10. That is 4 months or approximately 126 days. All vegetables I can think of can produce in that amount of time. Some like warmer weather than we have in early spring, so need to be started indoors and transplanted in later spring, i.e. tomatoes, or peppers. We have our share of wind in Wyoming, so many plants like some protection from said wind. And there are lots of cool weather veggies that do very well in our climate, i.e. cabbage, lettuces, radishes, kale, onions, potatoes, peas etc.
So what can you grow? I have chives, asparagus, raspberries, arugula, onions, radishes, lettuces, strawberries, cabbage, kohlrabi, beets, peas, potatoes, peppers, cantaloup, watermelon, cauliflower, broccoli, tomatoes, green beans, dry beans, corn, cucumbers, carrots, bok choy, winter squash, summer squash, pumpkins, spinach, swiss chard, celery, basil, dill, cilantro, horseradish, garlic, jerusalem artichoke, apples, nanking cherries. Whew!!
Maybe a better question is what Can't you grow? Sweet potatoes and peanuts are picky, but both will grow here. Pineapples don't do well here! :) Peaches, pears, blackberries are all grown here if you find the perfect spot for them.
So, really there is no excuse not to garden in Wyoming. Find a sunny spot, build up the soil, water weekly and you can raise the best veggies you have ever tasted!! And it's not too late even in July to get started. There are plenty of veggies that like the cooler weather of Fall. Plant a bed of radishes, lettuce, kale, beets, cabbage now and harvest in September!!