Colorado's Front Range has a short and intense growing season, but planting some veggies and fruits at home increases your sustainability and self sufficiency while maximizing use of our region's most precious resource: water.
Garden Bed Design Solutions For Best Results:
If you've ever tried container gardening in individual pots or planters, you know the disappointment of seeing plants wither and sizzle in Colorado's baking summer sun as the soil dries out.
Raised planter beds are by far the superior option for successful home gardening.
Why Raised Garden Beds:
Imagine if the abundance our neighborhoods could see if we all grew a few edible things like herbs, tomatoes, zucchini, berries, or fruit trees, etc."
Interesting Food Facts: (Did You Know?)
During World War I, facing the threat of food insecurity, President Woodrow Wilson publicly called for Americans to grow food at home. Americans responded to the call considering it a civic duty as they planted and cultivated what we history books have referred to as "Victory Gardens."
Read more about this moment in history from the Smithsonian's online library or this 2020 article from the New York Times.
Why wait for a Presidential call to increase community resilience?
More Gardening Facts:
Raised Garden Box Design & Construction:
Our licensed landscape architect primarily uses wood to construct custom dimension raised garden beds for homeowners in the Denver metro.
Green House Installation
If you really want first rate efficiency with home gardening, investing in a green house or hoop house can help extend the growing season and buffer against abrupt temperature swings and weather occurrences (like snow and hail storms) common in Colorado each Spring and Fall.
Consider whether you are just trying your hand at gardening or seriously investing in long term sustainability with a custom green house for garden control and outdoor winter meditation time. Ask us about pricing and options for your home's style and your budget using the link below.
Tips for What To Plant:
A few of our favorite veggies for first time home gardeners living in the Front Range include:
DIY Gardening Resources:
Many local garden centers offer their expertise on plant cultivation, and there is also a plethora of online resources for gardening in High Desert Zone 5 (the Denver Metro's gardening zone).
Not Ready to Try Your Green Thumb?
Final Thougths: Self Sufficiency & Clean Produce
During times of increasing uncertainty and growing environmental crises, growing some of our own veggies and fruits increases our self sufficiency, connects us to neighbors and nature, and reduces transportation emissions.
Home grown produce also gives you peace of mind knowing exactly what potentially harmful chemicals and additives been used or avoided in the process of growing tasty treats like tomatoes and berries.
Know What Conventional Produce Is the Most Toxic:
Learn about the "Dirty Dozen" List of fruits and vegetables that should be eaten organic due to their absorption of pesticides and sprays.
Let us know what questions you still have in the comments below! Will you be trying your hand at home gardening this year?
Marketing staff contribute to our blog with thoughts from our principal, John Majeski.