Container Gardening In Denver

Dated: 05/30/2016

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I love growing my own fruits and vegetables.  This is my first full growing season in decades that I don’t have a big yard and established garden beds.  I’m now living in a townhouse with basically a concrete slab for a back yard.  While I like not having to deal with maintaining a big yard, I’m wondering if I’ll be successful at container gardening.  Summer just isn’t summer without plentiful homegrown tomatoes!

It’s really early in the season, but already I’m finding it hard to keep up with the watering needs of some of my tiny plants.  My patio gets direct sun for most of the day and without a lawn or trees to keep things cool and retain moisture, it’s hot and dry out there. 

Germinating seeds outdoors has been hit and miss, too.  Things like cucumbers, squash and beans are generally just started outside, so I started some tomatoes indoors, but have a few things that I’m hoping will be sprouting any day now.  If I don’t see them soon, I’ll start seeds indoors and hope it’s not too late.  We have kind of a short growing season here.

Here are a couple pictures of the humble beginnings of my garden:

                Image titleImage titleImage titleCity Picker Self-Watering Container

As you can see, I have a couple of self-watering containers.  One was purchased on closeout from Home Depot and the others were made out of buckets.  Here’s some info on making your own self-watering planters.   

The most “experimental” thing I’m doing this year is trying to grow watermelons.  I suspect they’ll have a hard time making a go of it in a container, but I decided I wanted something wild and unruly on my sterile plot of concrete.  I’ve got my fingers crossed for at least one edible melon.

I’ll be sure to update as the season matures and with a little luck I’ll be able to share harvest photos with you.  If not, at least I will have learned what to do for next summer.  If the self-watering planters aren’t enough, maybe I’ll look at drip irrigation systems for next year.

Randy Connell is a Denver, Colorado real estate professional specializing in first time buyers and investors in small multi-family properties. Randy works out of the EXIT Realty Cherry Creek office and is a part of the Colorado Generation Realty team. Randy is an investor as well and has owned multi-family properties since 1984.

If you're interested in buying or selling property in the Denver area please call Randy at (720) 998-4964 or 

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