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Author:  sarah black [ Tue Jul 04, 2006 7:38 am ]
Post subject:  where can I find information about my specific geography?

The county extension agent has not been responding, and is, in fact, in the next county- I bought 20 acres of land in the mountains of New Mexico- about 10 miles west of the Great Divide in Catron County, elevation about 7200 feet. The land is mostly pinon-juniper ecosystem, mostly sandy soil. I have some cleared land to put in an orchard, and there is water available from a well. I'm not sure if the elevation significantly effects what I can grow.
Anyone know where I can research this question? The county is large, but only has a population of 3,000. Most typical county services are provided by the state; no one in the state offices seems to even know where we are. Neighbors are mostly ranchers, rather than gardeners, or are new, like me. Thanks, Sarah

Author:  Ted [ Fri Jul 07, 2006 10:41 pm ]
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Sarah

Fist stop, USDA Hardy zone map. This is available on many web sites.

Next you will want to find the first and last frost dates. Most gardeners will know or at lest have feel for these dates.

Once you know your hardiness zone and frost dates you will be able to make informed decisions on plant selections.

Check back with this information and HOS may be able to suggest some fruit varieties and roostocks for you.

Ted

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