It's the Time to Plant Cold Weather Vegetables - The Denver Post

The traditional day to start planting cold-season vegetables in this area of ​​Colorado is St. Patrick's Day. If you are like me and still have not planted those vegetables, it is late.

Before planting, you should wait until the soil is completely unfrozen, but that excuse is only for a little more sleep . Ideally, you should already have cleaned the area where you will plant the vegetables, added fertilizer and left the soil in pieces during the winter. In March, so organized gardeners just need to mix some extra natural fertilizer and rake the surface to be ready.

I've never been accused of being organized. Motivated by the shelves full of seeds that suddenly appeared two weeks ago, I looked with pity on the state of my garden. But if the seeds appear on the shelves, it is time to plant.

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Before proceeding, prepare the soil. I had not touched the ground since March of last year. First, I had to clean the debris: leaves, branches, dead plants, pots, tags, and even a life-size metal chicken, all that had accumulated during the winter. Vegetables require a soil rich in fertile soil and shaped like "chocolate cake". Nature does not produce this soil in an environment like ours, semi-arid and high.

There are several ingredients to prepare the soil, but the recipe is always the same. The soil may contain clay, sand or grit, plus minerals and wildlife, both macroscopic (earthworms) and microscopic (batteries, etc.). In the area of ​​the Front Range the soil lacks organic matter. And adding this matter to the ground is not done in one go. Generally, the organic matter is finished from year to year.

Then I pass the rake on the surface and plant vegetables such as peas, lettuce, cabbage and beets. Afterwards it is irrigated with the irrigation system and the soil is covered with horticultural cloth. Depending on the weather, in a month or two I can already harvest vegetables. After the plants germinate, I water the plants every day (if it does not rain or snow).

With just a few hours a week, you can do the same.

  • Adam Floyd