For those of you who are in to Preparedness. My apocalyptic novel The Dying Time is now available in print, or as an ebook. It's set mostly in Colorado and is getting great reviews on Amazon. Here's the blurb and a link.
When the Impact destroyed civilization and re-sculpted the globe the only survivors were the hastily expanded crew of the ISS, who watched the devastation below with growing horror, while wondering if they would ever get to go home, a few Preppers, whose stores of food and other commodities made them irresistible targets and the desperate hordes who would do anything--eat anyone--to live.
Gardening isn't all that hard in Colorado. Some places the soil is an extremely difficult to work clay--and my extremely difficult I mean spade breaking. If you have soil like that do raised beds. I gardened successfully in Colorado Springs for years, raising a variety of great tomatoes, green beans and other veggies. My garden was in ground. I had clay soil that I added a bunch of peat moss, sand and compost to and within three years it was a perfect loam. But if you don't want to go to all that work and it is a ton of work, just do raised beds instead.
I used cold frames and hoop houses to extend the growing season. The best carrots, snap peas, beets, turnips, parsnips and lettuce I ever grew were in Colo Sprgs.