About Jodi Torpey


Jodi Torpey

Western 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 magazine like Horticulture, American Gardener and Zone 4; newspapers like The Denver Post and Colorado Gardener; custom publications like Out Here; and trade publications like Lawn & Garden Retailer and Landscape Management.

Much of my how-to-garden information also 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. My new 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.

Ivy dog

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