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Old 03-01-2012, 10:55 AM
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Are there any of you out here? It was very common back in the Pacific NW, but here I'm not seeing much of a presence.

What are the best places for vegan eats in this city? So far it looks like I'm going to be doing a lot of cooking at home, as the few places we've tried were terrible. And on that note, best places to shop besides the chain stores? We do a lot of produce, not much into the vegan meat and cheese substitutes.

My husband and I just closed on our house and we're sitting on a quarter acre. I need to improve the soil so I can get veggies going in a few months. Where is the best place to get soil amendments (we have clay soil), gardening tools (American made, or quality imported not will-only-last-a-season cheap), and things of that nature? It looks like we need large quantities of compost, topsoil, mulch, sand, etc.
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Old 03-01-2012, 12:41 PM
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Water is scarce and expensive in Colorado Springs. By comparison the PNW is a gardening paradise. What restaurants and stores have you tried so far? Natural Grocers, Sunflower Markets, and Mountain Mama cater to organic and natural living. Trinity Brewing on Garden of the Gods has vegetarian/vegan food and their guest beer list is often impressive.
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Old 03-01-2012, 03:05 PM
Location: Black Forest, CO
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Adams Mountain Cafe in Manitou is well liked and has mostly vegetarian choices, with a few things for non-vegetarians. I don't think there are many places that specialize in vegan or vegetarian, but I think if you try the more ethnic places, you will find some vegan or vegetarian, like Spice Island Grill (has Jamaican food, tofu versions for vegetarians), Uchenna (Ethiopian), etc. I am sure others will post with other options too.

As far as soil amendment, we use raised beds and mix compost into the soil yearly. The raised beds have wood rails around them which allows us to soak the garden without the water running off. I usually buy compost in bags at Home Depot or Lowes - not sure if there is somewhere cheaper. You could always start your own compost too.
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Old 03-01-2012, 03:19 PM
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Check out Nosh downtown.
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Old 03-01-2012, 03:45 PM
Location: Black Forest, CO
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Oh, a really good place to buy vegetable and herb plants in the springtime is Spencer's. They have the best selection - lots of things you cannot find anywhere else.
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Old 03-04-2012, 02:26 PM
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Rick's is a good place, they're one of the only ones in town that carry the organic fertilizer I like (milorganite).

I echo the comment about Spencer's as well... Harding Nursery is good, and there's a cool one that is tucked away in the middle of town that the name is escaping me.

Incidentally, we've gone through at least one trowel a year. They always break... never found one that's lasted.

One suggestion I may have is to see how one growing season lasts before really putting a ton of money into your yard, as especially out east it's so windy. I've been lucky as my last house (only seven blocks from the house we moved into recently) had great soil. Only needed a bit more nitrogen in the soil. That's what you get when you have a house that's 100+ years old, though with a dedicated gardener for 60+ years. Constant fixing/amending of the yard. Have no clue what to do with my current dirt pile, though!

Two years ago my tomatoes were awesome, we've had great luck with yellow squash, and pumpkins are hit and miss for us. We've tried corn, green beans, and peas, and while many people can attempt to grow those in the short seasons, we weren't as lucky.
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Old 03-04-2012, 02:29 PM
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Originally Posted by hollyt00 View Post
....Two years ago my tomatoes were awesome, .....
I'm so sick of lousy store-bought tomatoes that this year I'll buy a beefsteak plant and put it in an old barrel or tub of some sort. It's about time for a trip to Lowe's to find one.

Any advice from anyone on growing tomatoes in a big bucket is welcome. I suspect I need a weephole in the base. Wire cage?
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