Learn How to Grow: Working With Steep Slopes

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2020 Haywood County Garden Tour: Share The Bounty

Haywood County is unique in Western North Carolina. We have the highest average elevation, with many mountains over 5K feet. We have the biggest watershed, with most of our rivers and streams originating in the county. And we have the most working agricultural acreage in the broad valleys and coves between the mountains. 

Haywood County real estate in Cecil township in Western North Carolina aerial photo – © 2014 David Oppenheimer – Performance Impressions Photography Archives – http://www.performanceimpressions.com/

Haywoods unique geography creates environments, or micro-climates, that make growing in the mountains challenging. One spot may be steep and craggy, where you have to carve and terrace growing space out of the hillside. Another spot may be in a broad and open valley, but prone to flooding in our frequent rains. 

The 2020 Haywood County Garden Tour (July 11, 2020) offers a great learning opportunity for gardeners, homesteaders, and educators. The Gardens selected for the 2020 Tour showcase the diversity and bounty of Haywood horticulture. From market farms to native landscapes, the owners have met the challenges of growing in the mountains with creativity, care, and generosity. Master Gardener℠ volunteers will be available in each garden to provide information on how the garden owners met the unique challenges of their property. 

Lessons Learned: How To Deal With Steep Slopes 

Haywoods mountains challenge gardeners accustomed to level, sunny growing areas. Here they may have to carve terraces out of hilly slopes to create enough room to grow. On the Tour, you will see a lot of different solutions for growing on steep slopes. 

Oakleaf Hydrangeas, with their fibrous root systems, are a native, low-maintenance solution to dealing with sloped areas.