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Post Posted: Sep 17, 2019 7:25 pm 
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Hello pinecam from the high prairie, I was wondering if the Aspen trees are starting to change. I can see the front range from my house, but pretty far away to see if there’s any color. Pikes Peak is the closest.
I’d like to try and time a camping trip and do some 4-wheeling, it would be nice if there color to enjoy. I have pine trees on my property, but no Aspens. I miss being able to see them everyday when I lived near Pine Junction.
Anyway, I hope everyone’s garden did well, and all is well with those who know me, I think of you folks often.
I’ve been busy building fence, staining the house and barn, and whatever else needs doing. I am leasing about 60 acres of my property to a neighbor, he has cattle on it. What a big change I have made, and I’m very happy here.
I’m still here and check what’s going on now and then.
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Post Posted: Sep 17, 2019 8:36 pm 
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Mr Hermit!!!!! So good to hear from you!
I heard on the news that Guanella pass is at it's peak right now!!

It's been a very weird gardening season. But my garden is pumping out food nonetheless!


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Hi CooknThyme, good to hear from you. Thank your for the information, that’s kinda what I figured.
It’s that time of year, I’m not sure that I like becoming a leaf looker. Oh well, I won’t stop and sort of pull over on Kenosha Pass like I’m the only one on the road :doh:
Food nothingness? What’s that? Is it that what you’re harvesting has no flavor, or just not much producing fruit....
I had no garden this year, next year I hope.


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Post Posted: Sep 18, 2019 7:20 am 
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You mis-read, I said that my garden is pumping out food none-the-less.
But it has been a challenging year. At least up here. June was too cool to plant so a late start. July saw record breaking heat and only 1 week of monsoon weather. August was also wicked hot and no rain at all. And talk about bugs, yikes!

The tomatoes liked the heat so those are producing well, yet I am disappointed in the flavor (but that's probably a soil issue - so my fault). Too hot for broccoli so low production and it's been bitter. The leafy greens are small and bitter, However, my arugula was AWESOME for about a month. Lettuce bolting early. Huge delay on squash & corn. Root crops are failing (due to various issues). Etc.

It has simply been a very tough season.

Here's hoping for a better gardening season next year.


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Post Posted: Sep 18, 2019 8:22 am 
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Hi sd! Hope you are doing well settled in your new place.

There are two FB groups that have answers from all over the state:

Colorado Fall Color Reports and Updates https://www.facebook.com/groups/2148268062058107/

Reports of Colorado Fall Colors https://www.facebook.com/groups/2154165014862714/

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The change of color is a good 1-2 weeks behind average this year, likely due to the cool start we had last Spring that had everything delayed a bit. Aspens are just starting to turn at higher elevations, so peak color is likely 1-2 weeks away, starting from the north and working south across the state.

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Hey, Steve! It is good to hear from you and it sounds like you have made some life changes and it sounds like they are good ones. We'd love for you to share more about your new place and stuff, if you want. sounds exciting.

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Post Posted: Sep 19, 2019 7:29 am 
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The change of color is a good 1-2 weeks behind average this year, likely due to the cool start we had last Spring that had everything delayed a bit. Aspens are just starting to turn at higher elevations, so peak color is likely 1-2 weeks away, starting from the north and working south across the state.

Wouldn't it have more to do with the above average temperatures over the past few weeks than the exact timing they leafed out in the Spring?


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Post Posted: Sep 19, 2019 8:13 am 
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Not really sure of the exact parameters associated with the process, I know it has to do with sunlight, temperature and moisture, but just going by past experience up here, when the Aspens are late arriving in Spring, they are usually late falling in Fall.

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How are you, Steve?

If you are interested in 4-wheeling in south west mountains, I know a couple other FB groups for that area that are really great, helpful people with lots of breathtaking photos. LMK if you are.

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