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Freshly harvested vegetables, radiant from the sun and fragrant from the earth, are becoming essential ingredients of a quality modern life-style. Gardening in the mountains can seem impossible at first to gardeners from warmer climates. An unexpected frost in June, July or even August can discourage mountain gardeners from ever growing normally indestructible favorites such as zucchini or green beans. Desert dwellers (high desert) as well can experience unexpected hale storms during monsoon season compromising the peak growing season in hotter climates. High Altitude Gardens has always seen its role as one of educating new mountain gardeners. The following information from customer correspondence and our own trials and testing over the past 16 years is offered to help mountain gardeners achieve spectacular successes year after year. If you are a gardener at lower elevations you can also benefit greatly from the following information.