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Growing in Montana

Posted by RochelleC87 none (My Page) on
Wed, Jul 16, 14 at 16:01

Hello,I am from Arizona and used to gardening in warmer climates obviously, but I can no longer take the extreme heat and have never really acclimatized myself to it, my soul craves some place that is green and alive. For me, living in the desert is like locking someone in a completely white room and watching them go crazy. I really love the natural beauty of Missoula Montana and the community that lives in it. My problem is that I do not know anything about growing in colder climates. What trees, flowers, fruits and vegetables grow well there. What do I need to do to help them survive against the elements. What precautions do I take to prevent wildlife from devouring what I grow.

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RE: Growing in Montana

Do you have a local agricultural center there? They answer most of my questions. I google the rest of it. Sounds like a very desolate state compared to the east coast. I'm glad you found a community you like. I don't really fit in here. I'm a Yankee in the deep South.

RE: Growing in Montana

If you're in the Missoula area, join a garden club. That's the best way I know for a newcomer to find out what's going on in the gardening world where you live.

RE: Growing in Montana

Montana is not exactly considered part of the PNW so unless some local members have previous Montana living experience, you would probably be much better off posting your inquiry on the Rocky Mountain Gardening forum.

RE: Growing in Montana

Hi Rochelle- I used to live in Missoula- you have found the best place to live- I miss it so much!! I recommend as others have said- go visit some local nurseries- Caras Nursery or Earth and Wood are great. Hopefully you'll have more luck than I did with the deer- they are everywhere and eat everything. Good luck and have fun looking.

RE: Growing in Montana

I second the Rocky Mtn Gardening forum- they're very nice over there, and there used to be a few people from Montana- I think one woman who is an avid gardener lives in the Kalispell area, though I'm not sure how active she is on the forum lately (as I'm not in the RMG zone anymore).

I used to live in Great Falls, but other than some basic stuff like lilacs, spirea, peonies, I can't help much.

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