gardening in Northern Colorado, Lori Jacobs
Gardening, Landscaping,  Recommended

Gardening in Northern Colorado

Some say that you have to have a green thumb for you to grow a garden, or the least, grow a plant. Well, does it mean if I don’t have a green thumb, even if I love to grow flowers or vegetables, I will not be good at gardening?

Not for the one who prepared and know well about gardening and growing crops, vegetables and the like.

With a little planning, preparation and determination, you too, can become a full pledge gardener.

It’s the time of the year in Northern Colorado where it seems best to see some greens and flowers popping out from the ground. If you’re thinking about your garden and wanted to toil the soil to plant some vegetables  or anything you want, you might want to consider these few things:

  1. What to plant during this season:

Warm season crops are tomatoes, peppes, eggplants, beans, cucumber, corn, squash and melons.

While Cool season crops in Colorado are turnips, beets, kail, spinach, lettuce, peas,  carrots, radishes,chard, cabbage, parsnips, cauliflower, broccoli, leeks, brussels sprouts, potatoes, onions, and parsley.

According to Michelle Heronema, a gardening professional at The Windsor Gardener, “In northern Colorado, we can grow the vast majority of popular veggies: tomatoes, peppers, squashes, pumpkins, beans, peas, potatoes, onions, carrots and others. The thing to check or be aware of is the length of the season required and when the best time to plant — cool versus warm season — are where the majority of problems occur. For instance, growing spinach, which is a cool season veggie, is best done earlier in the season before our temperatures get too hot causing it to bolt and become bitter. Tomatoes, which are a warm season crop, need to be planted after our last chance of frost and do better started with walls of water to try and raise the temperatures earlier since they like it hot. We also are successful with a number of perennial fruits like currants, raspberries, blackberries and rhubarb.”

When you want something for landscaping and beautification, here’s what she has to say, “Personal favorites of mine: pasque flowers, pulsatilla vulgaris, for an early flowering hardy perennial, one of the first things to begin blooming, as early as mid-March depending on our weather. A blanket flower, Gaillardia sp., for a perennial that blooms all season long. Hardy Hibiscus has incredible late season color on a plant that doesn’t look like it should be growing in Colorado — huge flowers blooming in late summer and fall and something that can handle a wet location in the landscape. Shade loving coral bells offer a wide range of beautiful foliage colors that are easy to maintain.”

2. Having known these crops that grows well depending on the weather is a major factor for your plants to grow and not die during the season when you wanted to plant.

3. Prepare your garden site

Check to see what you’ve got so you can make an informed decision about which plants will be successful in your garden. If the soil is too dry and clay-like, or sandy, you may need to amend it with compost or organic fertilizers. It’s also very important to know what kind of water conditions are in your garden. If you live in a wetter climate, you certainly don’t want to plant desert-loving succulents and cacti. Consider the natural water conditions in your area, and then decide what sort of additional water you can responsibly provide. Plants are resilient and want to grow, but planting sun loving crops in shady areas will result in slow production and small harvests. Full sun is the term used for any area that receives a minimum of 6 hours of direct sunshine per day. Shade to partial shade means an area that is in direct sunlight for less than 6 hours, especially if that light is morning light. Most plants and seeds are marked with their ideal sun needs, so be sure you know what you’ve got before you buy.

Thinking about having a garden bed or growing your plants in pots? Here’s some advice from Michelle Heronema, a gardening professional at The Windsor Gardener.

“Bigger plants like pumpkins and squash are usually better suited for being planted in the garden however can be grown in a large enough container if needed. Determinate tomato varieties tend to stay smaller and do well in containers versus indeterminate varieties that will get too big. A helpful tip adding Ag lime helps to prevent blossom end rot later. Most herbs do great in pots, which is nice to be able to place in an easily accessible place to be used. Bush varieties of cucumbers, beans and peas all tend to be smaller, better suited for containers. Potatoes grow well in containers and can make harvesting them much simpler.”

4. Plant what you Love!

Anyone successful in their own field says you must love what you do. Same thing in gardening, plant what you love, you probably cannot grow a radish if you hate radishes. You can make a list of the plants, crops and flowers you’d like to grow and then check for considerations like which plants are suited for the climate and garden situation.

5. Start small

I know you’re excited to get those seeds and soil, but don’t be so excited that your excitement will just turn out you have nothing planted because you are too overwhelmed. Start with few easy to maintain plants, and plan to save time, energy and frustration. When you can already maintain them, start adding some more and you’ll never know, you have your garden of blooms or food in no time.


Lori Jacobs, SFR Short Sale and Foreclosure Specialist Contact: (970)250-1999

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