Ready, Set, Garden!

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Ready, Set, Garden!

Warm weather is on the way! That means it’s time to start planning your garden for the summer growing season. In Colorado, the average growing season is just 157 days so creating a game plan for success is highly suggested so that you can make the most of your garden. If you really want to get your garden down to a science, check out the planting calendar by city for Colorado in the Farmer’s Almanac. Here are some quick tips for what to plant and when in your Colorado garden.

Colder Climates Accommodate Different Crops

Since not all regions of Colorado are getting ready for the heat of the summer, cold climate crops are still a great option to plan during the month of May. Vegetables in this category should be seeded, or directly planted into the soil instead of grown indoors before transplanting them outdoors. Here are some ideas to help you get started:

  • Peas
  • Onions
  • Potatoes
  • Kale
  • Bok Choy
  • Chard
  • Radishes
  • Beets
  • Turnips
  • Carrots
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower

Warm Weather Crops to Try this Summer

Warm weather plants and vegetables need plenty of preparation to flourish once the temperatures finally do rise for the season. Many Coloradans remember St. Patrick’s Day as the time to start planting seeds. Warm weather seeds need to be sown indoors first so that they can mature in a more hospitable climate before being transplanted outside to continue growing in the warm summer conditions. Here are some warm weather crops to add to your garden:

  • Beans
  • Corn
  • Cucumbers
  • Melons
  • Peppers
  • Tomatoes
  • Pumpkins
  • Squash
  • Eggplant

Don’t Forget the Flowers

For those who fancy flowers, perennial flowers, or flowers that come back every year, are great options for Coloradans who garden. Since these species of flowers will come back after the harsh winter season, they are more durable and require less re-planting on your part. Here are some options to add to your flower beds this summer:

  • Lavender – a fragrant feature that attracts butterflies to your flower beds!
  • Poppies – a bright pop of color that prefers five or more hours of Colorado sunshine.
  • Geranium ‘Rozanne’ – his is the longest-blooming and most prolific, blue-flowered Geranium on the market.
  • Salvia ‘May Night’ – this vibrant indigo bloom is extremely cold and drought tolerant making it a durable addition to the garden.


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