‘High Tunnels and More Best Practices’: Free Q-and-A with Ron Chacey


By Leslie Wustrack

Pagosa Springs Community Garden

The Pagosa Springs Community Garden is sponsoring a free limited online educational series on vegetable gardening. Renowned expert Ron Chacey will cover all topics related to gardening in the Pagosa Springs area. All gardening talks are free and accessible via computer or telephone. 

On Monday, March 22, at 6 p.m., Chacey, the eminent regional vegetable grower and an original founder of the Pagosa Springs Community Garden, will discuss “High Tunnels and More Best Practices.” 

Please bring your questions on all how-tos of covering your vegetable plants during the growing season. Southwest Colorado does present growing challenges for gardeners, but most challenges can be overcome by growing the right type of vegetables and understanding how to take care of crops. By knowing how to cover and when to cover your vegetables, a successful garden is within reach. Chacey will touch on a variety of bed coverings and then focus on high tunnel construction and uses. 

An avid grower with seven decades plus of experience, Chacey is a believer in trial and error in all areas of gardening. Chacey believes that learning from mistakes is the foundation of successful gardening. 

The Monday, March 22, 6 p.m. free Q-and-A on “High Tunnels and More” will be held via Zoom or telephone. To join our email list and receive gardening talk information, please send an email to PagosaSpringsCommunityGarden@gmail.com. To join the Monday, March 22, free Q-and-A, click on the link at facebook.com/pagosaspringscommunitygarden or join the Zoom meeting at: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86856039874?pwd=N2hIN2lsY0x3L0ZaSXVqYkgwQ2NTZz09. Meeting ID: 868 5603 9874. Passcode: 68BHsg. 

The Pagosa Springs Community Garden is located at the end of 5th Street on the San Juan River downtown. Decades old, the garden is on land owned by the Town of Pagosa Springs, and plots are granted to the town’s citizens free of charge. In 2017, the garden was rejuvenated by community volunteers with the assistance of local Pagosa Springs businesses. Raised beds and deer-out fencing were constructed with donated lumber. Soil amendments, fertilizers, seeds, plant starts, tools, hoses and other necessary items are all provided through the generosity of Pagosa Springs businesses. The Town of Pagosa Springs provides free water for the Pagosa Springs Community Garden. 

The Pagosa Springs Community Garden is free and open to all. Residents and town visitors are invited to stop by and enjoy the beautiful space; the practices of face-mask wearing and social distancing are observed. A few beds are still available for the 2021 gardening season. Please send an email to PagosaSpringsCommunityGarden@gmail.com for more details.