York Street gardens will close at noon on Friday, Dec. 9. Chatfield Farms will be closed during the day on Dec. 9. Both York Street and Chatfield Farms will be open for Blossoms of Light and Trail of Lights on Dec. 9.
Do you ever feel like you have a brown thumb because you can’t get that one persnickety vegetable to grow? Well, the good news is you're probably not alone. There are several vegetables that are more difficult to grow than others, especially here on the Front Range. This can be because of numerous factors including soils, extreme temperatures and our short growing season.
It’s important to learn how to amend soil for different crops, create microclimates and even practice season extension techniques to lengthen the growing season. Also vital to a successful garden is planning. Some vegetables such as brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes can take the entire growing season before their harvest so they need to be planted as soon as the soil is workable. Other crops such as lettuce are finicky and quick to bolt so it’s important to plant them at the right time and in the right place.
With so much to consider, its easy to shy away from difficult vegetables but it can be fun to embrace your garden's challenges and try new things!
You, too, can master the art of growing those persnickety vegetables (including cauliflower, eggplant and brussel sprouts)! Join Jennifer for her class The Outliers: 11 Difficult to Grow Vegetables on the Front Range on Tuesday, April 8, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Discover how our short growing season can be worked around when you have the right knowledge in your tool belt.
Guest Blogger: Jennifer Verprauskus
Jennifer has her degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is a Denver Master Composter, a Permaculture Design Certificate holder, volunteers as a Colorado Master Gardener, and owns UpBeet Landscapes, an edible landscape design firm. She is part of the Colorado Permaculture community and is passionate about teaching people how to live off of their land.