This site is all about gardening in the high desert.  If you live in a mountain valley in Utah or the high plains of Colorado or the plateaus of northern Arizona you are in the right place.   You may have noticed many gardening books and much of the gardening advice online ignores this area.  What could you grow out there in the sagebrush and  thistle anyway, right?

You can grow a lot: tomatoes, onions, amaranth, eggplants, cucumbers, squash (summer and winter), salsify and even artichokes.  To do this you will probably need to do a few things gardeners in other areas don’t.  The temperature can go from 80 with blazing sun and wind to a freezing 29 and deathly still, in just a few hours.  Spring gets scattered over a few days during April and May before the switch gets flipped and it becomes instant summer.  Most of what you do as a gardener, in this land of extremes, is act as a moderator between the plants and the elements.

There are many ways to moderate the elements.  They can be as simple as mulch and drip irrigation to cold-frames and hoop-houses.  Here on Garden Hunk you will find all the information you need for gardening in our extreme area.  You will find simple, easy to follow methods that will save you time.

Gardening can mean vastly different things to different people, but you should be able to apply the information here on any scale you wish.  Whether you grow your garden in the flowerbed of a rental house or on a half acre next to your country home.  No matter what your situation is you will find information tailored for our climate.

This site is brand new, all the information won’t appear at once. The articles will be posted weekly and will focus on what needs to be done in the garden that week.  Other topics will also appear now and then as well.


I hope you will follow me, and find the information you need to succeed at gardening in the high desert.  I am do not claim to be an expert but I have learned a lot and am willing to learn more to help people be successful with their gardens.  I would love to hear how things are going for you and answer as many questions as I can.

Jared — The Garden Hunk