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Get the Most Out of Your Second Harvest

While it may be hard to believe, you can harvest a variety of vegetables, including kale, arugula, carrots, rutabagas and broccoli well into November! If experienced Colorado gardener Ann Caffey can do it right here in her Rocky Mountain garden, so can you. With some prior planning and a little protection, hardy vegetables will continue to produce long into the autumn season.

Augment Your Colorado Garden Design & Get the Most From Your Second Harvest

It won’t take extra work to keep a thrilling amount of extra veggies around your pantry and refrigerator when you’re summer harvest is winding down. Here’s what you need to do:

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Transform a spent raised bed into a waffle. As September draws closer and a raised bed or two has petered out, clear the garden and create a sunken bed that will provide a little protection for your new plants. Then, plant hardy cold-weather crops. Your best bet is to practice deep watering, giving the plants a couple of inches of water twice a week to encourage strong, and deep root growth. By the time it starts snowing in October to early November, you won’t need to water anymore.

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Cover your beds with straw. Make sure you cover your cold weather crops with a layer of straw and perhaps a little plastic. Straw will keep soil moisture from evaporating quickly, while insulating roots when the temperature drops.

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Grow a variety of vegetables. In addition to the traditional greens and cruciferous vegetables, consider experimenting with a few other crops. Garlic and blueberries can be planted in September and harvested in the spring. Radishes are a quick crop and can be planted in early September and harvested 30 days later.

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Start your seeds or buy your transfers. Grow your fall plantings in a shady spot in mid-summer, or purchase transplants and plant them no later than early September.

Do you have any questions about adding a second harvest to your Colorado garden design? Contact Lifescape Colorado to get the most out of your second harvest.

5 Reasons to Include Kale in Your Garden

Kale is one of the most nutrient dense plants you can introduce to your garden; and many people enjoy growing it for these very benefits. However, kale also holds interest for many gardeners beyond its culinary properties. Here are five reasons to consider adding kale to your Colorado garden.

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Kale adds a burst of color. Ornamental varieties offer hues of green, red, pink and white. However, you don’t have to stick with these types to get color. You can find culinary kale in shades of blue-green and red.

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Kale also adds texture. You can choose from frilly leaves, smooth leaves and curled leaves or mix and match different types. Varying plant textures break up boring lines and can add visual interest to your landscape.

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It’s easy to plant and grow. Kale is a cool-season crop planted from seed or transplants in late winter/early spring or late summer. It prefers a lot of sunlight in cool weather, but also tolerates semi-shade in warm weather. One of the most important considerations for this plant is the soil, which should be rich in nutrients.

Adding compost to the top 12 inches of your garden soil will help give kale a good start. For extra convenience, you can grow kale in pots as part of your container garden. This allows you to move the plants to a more shaded area when the weather gets hot.

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It can withstand cold. Weather can be unpredictable in Colorado, and near-freezing temperatures can occur unexpectedly in the spring or fall. Kale won’t mind a frost, and ornamental kale can even handle a below-freezing drop down to 20 degrees.

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Kale keeps on giving. One of the best benefits of growing culinary kale is that once it’s established with many leaves, you can start picking off the lower ones to consume. This plant will continue growing and providing you with additional nutrient-packed greenery for the duration of its growing season.

If you’re interested in adding kale or other plants to your garden, let Lifescape Colorado do the work for you. Contact us today to learn more about the many landscape and gardening services we provide.

Grow a Thriving Vegetable Garden This Summer

There’s something so satisfying about planting a garden, watching it grow and harvesting its delicious fruits to feed your family. From a single tomato plant in a container to a quarter-acre vegetable garden, there are all kinds of ways your family can enjoy delicious fruits and vegetables all the way through early winter. Best of all, you can feel 100 percent confident that the produce you consume is pesticide- and herbicide-free.

Here are a few tips for growing a thriving Colorado vegetable garden this summer.

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Start with the soil. One of the reasons conventional produce lacks the nutrient content of its organically-grown counterparts is that commercial soil is overused and devoid of nutrients. Provide a great foundation for your vegetable garden by amending the soil. In addition to enhancing nutrient and beneficial microorganism content, you’ll also increase the soil’s ability to retain moisture, which will help you conserve water. Using raised beds is the easiest way to build your soil exactly how you want it for higher, healthier yields.

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Choose the right veggies. Just like your other landscape plants, each vegetable has its own preferred climate, water needs, etc. Heirloom vegetables, as opposed to their hybrid descendents, are often your best bet. Consider varieties like the Navajo Yellow Melon, Jing Orange Okra and Winter Luxury Pumpkin Pie.

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Understand the importance of timing. Your garden won’t thrive together all at once. Different plants have different maturity times, so you’ll want to schedule your planting and/or harvesting accordingly.

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Learn companion planting. Some vegetables do better than others in the garden. Companion planting is a great way to take advantage of dynamic combinations like:

  • carrots, celery, cucumbers and radishes
  • cauliflower, cabbage and lettuce
  • asparagus, basil, parsley and tomato
  • corn, beans, cucumber, melon, parsley, pea, potato, pumpkin and squash


Conversely, some veggies do not do well when planted together such as:

  • broccoli and tomatoes
  • carrots and dill
  • potatoes and squash
  • beans and onions


Learning about these relationships will enhance your garden’s yield.

Are you interested in growing a sustainable Colorado vegetable garden this summer? Contact Lifescape Colorado today, and we can assist you with your landscape’s design and implementation.

Start a Cool Season Vegetable Garden

Summer is over, which means the end of the gardening season for those of us here in Colorado. However, gardening season doesn’t have to be over at all. In fact, with a cool season Colorado vegetable garden, you and your family can enjoy fresh, tasty vegetables all winter long. All it takes is a little know-how and an equipped garden space.

Ever noticed that some of the vegetables you plant in your summer garden go to seed faster than you wanted? This can be a sign they’re meant for cooler weather. In fact, some vegetables will surprise you when they thrive in the face of frosty weather.


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Here are some tips from Houzz on how to plant a Colorado vegetable garden that will yield produce even as the snow falls.

Dates and temperatures
. Pay careful attention to planting dates and the soil temperatures required for a plant to weather the winter months. In most cases, the plants need to be in by fall. 55° Fahrenheit is often the magic number. When soil temperatures get below this level, plants may not grow.


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Invest in a cold frame. Cold frames are like mini-greenhouses. They protect your plants from harsh elements, but allow them to receive ample sunlight, creating warmer temperatures. You can buy them pre-made or build your own.


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Know your winter veggies. Crunchy broccoli and tough kale are built like that for a reason — they like colder weather and have the infrastructure to survive it. Root vegetables can also be “stored” right where you grow them, ready to be pulled up when you need them. With the right environment and protection, they can often last through a snow storm or two.

The following are examples of edible plants that can survive our Colorado climate:

  • Spinach. Keep in mind that soil must remain moist for spinach to grow well.
  • Lettuce. Boston and Romaine varieties can grow all winter long.
  • Kale
  • Pumpkin
  • Squash 
  • Melon
  • Beets
  • Turnips
  • Potatoes
  • Yams

Interested in starting a cool season Colorado vegetable garden in your backyard? Contact Lifescape. We can help you determine the perfect location and design to help you yield the best crops.