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Colorado Gardeners Planting Calendar
Calling all gardeners! It's time to think about planting your vegetable garden, and if you haven't already started with your cold-weather crops, you still can! According to the Farmer's Almanac Planting Dates Calendar, it's not too late! http://www.almanac.com/gardening/planting-dates/CO/Denver. Depending on your soil temperatures, the plants that you can sow indoors or under cover outdoors (check those soil temps and watch your forecasts!) now include brussels sprouts, broccoli, summer cabbage, cauliflower, beets, eggplant, leeks, lettuce, peas, peppers, and tomatoes.
And follow this link to a Colorado Interactive Gardening Calendar to help you stay on track each month to prepare all of your garden beds and your lawn:
In early April, depending on forecasts, all of the previously listed plants can be sown directly outdoors without cover. Additionally, lettuce, peas, and spinach can be added at that time. Because Colorado weather can be so finicky and change on a dime, early gardeners need to be ready to cover crops in case of a late snow or freeze as well as the dastardly hail storms that we can experience even thru the month of June. From mid-April thru June, all other garden vegetables can be sown directly into the garden bed.
Denver's average growing season is typically from April 30th until October 4th, totalling 157 days. Another helpful tool for Denver metro gardeners is the Colorado State University Cooperative Extension Program found here: http://www.colostate.edu/Dept/CoopExt/4dmg/Calendar/gardenin.htm. This website can address many questions specific to Denver's growing conditions such as soil composition, dry environment, and which varieties will grow best in our unique cities.
After you gather your tools and seeds, get ready to get dirty and enjoy the fruits (and vegetables!) of your labor by growing your own gardens. And don't forget the beautiful flowers (plant some for the bees!) and your luscious lawn. Our growing season is shorter than some in the U.S., but we live in a remarkably beautiful state and can produce vegetation that competes with the best of them! Get busy and have a blast!
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