About Jodi Torpey

Jodi TorpeyWestern gardeners are a hardy bunch, aren’t we?

We try to cultivate gardens in a climate with seasons too short, summers too hot and winters that are too cold.

We fret about late snowstorms, early freezes and whether there will be enough water to keep plants blooming.

But we wouldn’t want to grow anywhere else.

As a Colorado native  and master gardener I’ve experienced all the challenges of gardening in the West. As a garden writer, my goal is to help other gardeners solve some of their most vexing gardening problems.

I share information on my website, in magazines, newspapers and in a variety of other print publications.

However, most of my how-to-garden information appears online. I’m a contributing editor to VegetableGardener.com (part of the Fine Gardening magazine network) and I’m the Mountain Region blogger for Lowe’s Creative Ideas. My online class, Vegetable Gardening: Innovative Solutions for Small Spaces, is part of Craftsy’s online educational offerings.

In 2007 my book, The Colorado Gardener’s Companion: An Insider’s Guide to Gardening in the Centennial State, was published by Globe Pequot Press and the second edition was released in 2015.

My newest book, Blue Ribbon Vegetable Gardening” (Storey Publishing, 2015) proves you can grow prize-winning produce in the smallest of spaces.

Of course, I couldn’t do all of this alone. While I’m busy with planting, growing and writing, John Pendleton does all the heavy lifting, and our exuberant dog Ivy helps by digging planting holes and keeping the squirrels at bay.

If you’d like to reach me, contact Jodi at WesternGardeners dot com.

Ivy dog

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