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Master gardeners release tip book

For all the gardeners out there, an interesting new book has just made its way to local bookstores. “59 Days, 39 Degrees F, at 6,770 Feet” is about the challenges of gardening in the Yampa Valley.

“Fifty-nine days is the average gardening time in Steamboat, 39 degrees is the average temperature, and 6,770 feet is the elevation,” said Deb Babcock, one of the authors and the one credited with coming up with the idea for the book. “The title is explained more in the book.”

The book is a compilation of columns that were written for the Steamboat Pilot & Today by Babcock and several other master gardeners in the Steamboat Springs area. It was put together by the Colorado Master Gardeners through the Colorado State University Cooperative Extension Service. Master Gardeners is an organization that teaches communities nationwide about gardening in their areas and trains local “master gardeners” to help with the challenges that may arise in the process.

Babcock and the other master gardeners have been writing the weekly gardening columns for the Pilot & Today for five years. The columns have given readers tips about what plants grow best in the area and when to starting planting them. They also contained information about how to care for a garden, including what soil to use and how much water is needed.

The book was released May 24, and is available at many stores around Steamboat, including Off the Beaten Path Bookstore and Coffeehouse, Epilogue Book Co., and the local garden centers. The book is full color, with illustrations by Pam Schlenzig. The cost is $13.95.

The master gardeners and illustrator who contributed to the book will be hosting book signings June 6 at various stores where the book is available.