Growing Garlic In Colorado

I am a big fan of growing garlic in Colorado. There are several reasons why. But first, sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words.

growing garlic in colorado

Besides the love of sitting together with others as we prepare the garlic for storage, I also love curly garlic scapes.

bowl of garlic scapes in Colorado

A bowl full of garlic scapes I harvested to use in our cooking. Photo: ColoradoBackyardGardener.Com

I also love growing garlic in Colorado because

Growing Peppers In Colorado

If you are like me, growing peppers in Colorado has challenged you. About five years ago I gave up all together. I don’t give up easily on things. Obviously, I wasn’t having much success! But in the past couple years, I’ve returned to the challenge of growing peppers. I’ve zeroed in and tried to learn some tricks. Since then I have had better success! I even had enough peppers to roast and freeze. I still want to get better at this. But I do have a few tips to share with you.

Growing Peppers in Colorado

What are these tips? I have published another Colorado Backyard Gardener Handy Dandy Gardening Guide. You’ll find the link at the very end of

Growing Tomatoes in Colorado

It is possible to have great success at growing tomatoes in Colorado. As you know, I am not a professional gardener. I am a normal average Colorado backyard gardener just like many of you who read here. In most years, I have grown my vegetables and flowers on a budget, some years more lean than others. Because of my budget, I have had to learn how to grow a great tomato without breaking the bank.

Growing tomatoes in Colorado is similar to growing tomatoes in other states, but there are five unique concerns that I think should be addressed. That is why I have published another Handy Dandy Gardening Guide: Growing A Great Tomato for Colorado gardeners.

For a limited time, you can download the pdf for free by clicking here: Growing A Great Tomato. Be sure to share this with your Colorado gardening friends. They’ll be glad you did.

Tomato Blossom End Rot

It’s August and those of us who garden might be encountering tomato blossom end rot.  Yuk!  What to do?  As I’ve mentioned in earlier posts, I like to keep things simple.  So here is what I do to battle this nasty disease.

If this is the case for you, never fear, the plant may still have time to produce some good fruit.  Pick off this bad fruit and toss it.  And then fertilize your plant with a fertilizer that is made for tomatoes.  Why one for tomatoes?  Because it will have just a tad more calcium than a fertilizer made for “all vegetables”.  See this post of mine for what I use.  I keep the fertilizing process very simple in my garden.  First, I’m not a master gardener so keeping it simple works better for me.  And, I have a very busy life with my full time job, caring for my mother and my volunteering gigs so “keeping it simple” is my garden way.  Also I have a fairly small gardening budget so I can’t spent a lot on fertilizer (and some are very expensive).

So why is this blossom end rot occurring?  I believe

Growing Warm Season Vegetables

Colorado State University Extention

Yes, there are some veggies you can put in the ground as early as April.  But others need to WAIT until the temperatures at night are 50 degrees or higher.  Check out the link above for information on what can go in the ground AFTER the last frost date here in the Front Range.  If you are like me and don’t want to check the weather forecast, just shoot for Mother’s Day, knowing that there is little chance of a freeze overnight.  Little chance, but not impossible.simple_sun_motif

Believe me, I’ve made the mistake of putting in peppers FAR TOO EARLY.  But that is what you have to be willing to do when you garden — BE WILLING TO MAKE MISTAKES.

Vegetable Planting Guide for Colorado

June 15, 2014

Please, pretty please go to the link above for a chart that indicates WHEN you can plant your veggies.  Probably the biggest mistake a Colorado gardener makes is planting veggies at the wrong time.  For example, it took me years to learn that I can plant peas in early April for a June harvest (and again in mid/late July) for a fall harvest!