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Unread 12-12-2008, 12:07 PM
 
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Default Thanks Kristie73.....

Great site! I am a newbie to the Springs (from Florida) and definitely interested in having a garden next spring. I had no luck gardening in the sand of Florida (and I always seemed to start too late = hot and humid)

I'm hoping to have better luck here and the forum looks like it has alot of great information.

Thanks again.
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Unread 06-02-2009, 11:40 AM
 
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Talking Community Gardens?

Hi all.

As I stated in a previous post, I'm moving from Chicago to the Springs in about a month. I know it will be too late in the season to start a garden this year, but does anyone know of community gardens in town?

I'm leaving a 1/4 acre and moving into an apartment, but still want to putter around in the dirt and grow some of my own veggies and herbs.

Thanks!
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Unread 06-02-2009, 05:53 PM
 
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I THINK that Bear Creek Regional Park has a community garden, not sure though. Fountain has a community garden next to Fire Station 2.
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Unread 07-11-2010, 05:03 PM
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Default Vegetable Garden

Hi,
Since the area is semi-arid, is it really conducive to a vegetable garden? Or do most people use greenhouses? Since the growing season is short with erratic weather maybe a greenhouse would be a good investment.
And does it matter what part of town you live in? ie the eastern side (Falcon, Peyton) vs more towards the mountain? Is it equal quality for gardens with soil,etc?
What grows well here?
I'm just curious and we are seriously pursuing relocating to the area. We live in TX and it's real HOT and dry and not conducive to gardening at all. We don't seem to have a natural "green thumb" unforuntately either, haha. But we would really like to try this and be successful.
Thanks!
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Unread 07-11-2010, 05:55 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
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It certainly can be done, you just need to know where to focus your energies.
I'm not sure if you need a full on greenhouse, but cold frames certainly help.

Lettuce Patch Gardens | Gardening, cooking and eating local in Colorado Springs.
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Unread 07-11-2010, 07:29 PM
 
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It is pretty easy to grow things like tomatoes, eggplant and squash here. I've grown corn, watermelon, carrots, lettuce, beans, and potatoes with little effort as well. Soil can vary a lot - my soil is quite sandy but my mom's soil just 1.5 miles away is hard clay - we can grow the same things but watering, etc., ends up being a bit different. One of the main issues to growing here is frost comes earlier than some other places, so you need plan something that will finish early or use various strategies for handling frost that I never personally bother with.
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Unread 08-04-2010, 04:58 PM
 
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Colo State Univ runs an extension service with classes on all sorts of gardening topics, including vegetable gardening. I cannot find a website listing the classes but 8 classes are coming up this fall, including "A Year in the Vegetable Garden" which includes what to do now for 2011. Classes are $8 and are taught by Master Gardeners. The only way I can find to register is to call 719-520-7683. Location for all classes is 305 S. Union Blvd, near Memorial Park.
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Unread 08-05-2010, 01:23 AM
 
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Your growing season here is about May 15 until about September 15. Those are the last and first frost dates. Your tomatoes should be grown from plants, not seeds, and can be either grown in containers or in the ground. Raised beds, aid in growing time, as do cold frames. Warm weather crops (tomatoes, corn, beans, squashes, melons, and peppers need to be planted on the south or west side of the house and tomatoes need 10 hours of sunlight a day. If you want all your tomatoes to ripen at once, get determinant plants. Cool weather crops like peas, lettuces, herbs, and root vegetables can be started with plants in mid April. You can always start seeds indoors in February and when they're sturdy plants, put them outside. You'll need pest control for tomato horn worms, slugs, aphids, and earwigs that get in corn. The Sunset Garden Book is a wonderful garden aid, and knowing your growing zone (1A for Sunset) or Zone 2 for USDA can help in picking particular plants.

I'd suggest you go to the library and check out books on High Altitude Gardening as well as the Sunset Book of Gardening. Read this fall, and by January, when the Burpee's seed catalog shows up or the Heirloom seeds catalog, you'll already know what plants you want and your garden will be planned out on paper.

Colorado State University Extension This is the Colorado State University Extension Service web site, and it might help. Good luck with your gardening!
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Unread 08-05-2010, 07:28 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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but does anyone know of community gardens in town?
There is one in the Old Farm neighborhood on Old Farm RD.
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