When I first started talking about growing fruit trees at 8,600 feet in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, people looked at me in a rather peculiar way. Having such a short growing season made gardening a challenge, let alone the idea of growing fruit. The standard growing environment for fruit trees calls for at least 150 frost-free days and a minimum of USDA hardiness zone 5. Well, that is not the environment I live in. I have seen snow in June and frost destroying my garden in September, with temperatures down to -30 °F during the winter and a USDA hardiness zone closer to 3.
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