After months of searching, I landed in a small house on a fair-sized lot (0.29 acre) in one of the most affordable towns in Utah, East Carbon. Located 2-1/2 hours from Salt Lake City, there are no big markets nearby, so there will be more focus on seed production.
However, this backyard has apparently never had a garden. I brought what I could of a garden: 27 twenty-gallon pots from last year’s giant tomato project:
Old place, elevation 4,600′
New place, 6,200′
These pots might be essentially the entire garden this year, unless I can get some funding to install a greenhouse. The growing season is just too short, the nights too cool, to be able to grow much in terms of tomatoes, peppers, or melons.
Best case scenario: I install a 5,000 square-foot, fully functional greenhouse by mid-April. But that may be wishful thinking and overly ambitious – just so many limitations. At this point, I cannot commit to growing much of anything in 2020, as for the moment, the focus is on unpacking, reorganizing, filling seed orders, and preparing for and attending seed exchanges.
Plenty of seeds to share with other growers!
Seed purchases will really help with funding a greenhouse – plans are to use geothermal heat exchange techniques to all year-round growing!