Urban gardening an uphill battle in Cheyenne

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (WyomingNewsNow) - With many people stuck at home over the spring, gardening is becoming as popular as ever. But our unique climate in Wyoming can make things difficult.

"I get worried with the hail, so that's where I stress a bit.” Julie Connell of Cheyenne said, “It's why I'm so late in doing this."

For Julie, this is her second year gardening. She grew tomatoes and jalapenos last year and has plans for more vegetables this year. But as with any gardener in Wyoming, it can be an uphill battle.

Experts we spoke to say it’s all about finding the right spot, making sure your plants have water, and also making sure you know what you're getting. Many plants sold at big chain stores may not be suited for Wyoming's climate.

Nettie Eaks with the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens says if you're looking at flowering plants you may want to lean towards more native plants like grasses and wildflowers. But she says there are vegetables that are easier to grow here as well.

"For us it's pretty tough to grow vegetables here,” Nettie said, “Some of the ones that are super, super easy are your carrots, you're cold crops, broccoli, lettuce, all those are super easy and we've had great success with."

Nettie says one of the biggest keys to being a successful gardener in Wyoming is doing your research.