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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.

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.

Delectable Super Foods to Grow in Your Colorado Garden

Super foods are not only loaded with vitamins and minerals, but they also contain disease-fighting and immune-boosting properties for all of your nutritional needs. Luckily, many super foods can be grown right here in your own Colorado vegetable garden, including asparagus, sweet potatoes, beets and pumpkins.

You can enjoy the following super foods in the comfort of your own home garden. With the right care, some of them can be grown nearly year-round.


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Blueberries. These tasty blue jewels are loaded with vitamin C, antioxidants and phytoflavinoids. They can improve heart health and are anti-inflammatories. Blueberries grow well in Colorado, and each variety has their own physical characteristics — they’re tall, short, semi-evergreen, deciduous, etc. Blueberries should be planted in spring and will yield fruit in mid-summer. Most plants will thrive for 20 years or more.


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Kale. Kale is a tough, leafy green. It’s less palatable when raw, and experts have found that blanched and cooked kale are the healthier way to eat this vegetable. Kale can be steamed, roasted, or dehydrated and eaten on its own. This plant contains calcium, vitamins A, C and K, as well as copper, potassium, iron, manganese and phosphorus. This crop can be grown nearly year-round, and may make it through the winter if you have a greenhouse.

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Chia Seeds. Chia offers a two-for-one bonus. Their colorful blooms (Salvia columbariae) are already members of most wildflower gardens. If you up the chia ante and harvest the seeds, your family will benefit from omega-3 fatty acids, known for lowering blood sugar and cholesterol and improving energy. Chia seeds have a higher calcium content than milk and are comprised of 30 percent protein. Best planted in April and May, chia seeds bloom in the summer, and seeds can be harvested in the fall.

Contact Lifescape Colorado to incorporate super foods into your Colorado vegetable garden. This way, you’ll be able to enjoy both a beautiful and an edible landscape!

Prepare Your Garden for Winter Weather

If you prepare your garden properly, winter becomes a beautiful season of hibernation that is well worth the wait come spring. But to ensure your perennials will come back with all the color and fervor they can, here are some tips to get your garden ready.

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First, be sure to clean up any dead stems and foliage of annuals and vegetables. This is crucial to preventing any diseases from harboring. Gather all of the fallen leaves as soon as possible to add to your compost, or start a new one. Smaller pieces decompose faster, so try mowing over leaves before gathering and adding to your compost. Consider saving branches and vines for natural decor and wreaths during the holiday season.

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Fertilize any young trees and shrubs. At this time, it is also beneficial to till the soil to discourage weeds in the spring. Next, you’ll want to spread a thick layer of mulch to provide protection for soil and plants.

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The layer of mulch acts like a thermos. This is important because when the soil freezes you want it to stay frozen. It’s the freezing and thawing and then freezing again that can damage plants and rob soil of its nutrients. It’s best to wait until the first frost to lay down this mulch to ensure no rodents are nesting within the soil.

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For your mulch, it’s recommended to use evergreen boughs on bulb beds to keep soil from shifting and shallow plants from upheaving. For beds and perennials, chopped leaves and pine needles are best.

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If you are moving any plants indoors, let them acclimate to temperatures slowly by keeping them in a shed or garage for a few days first. Finally, it’s time to clean garden tools thoroughly, including your hose. Store them away in a safe, dry place until spring.

If landscaping becomes a chore, let the experienced team at Lifescape Colorado help you care for your yard and garden all year long.


A Flavorful Harvest

harvesting carrotsThanks to the hot summer this year, gardens all around Denver are thriving and even causing some crops to be harvested ahead of schedule. If you are unsure about what vegetables in your veggie garden can be harvested right now, take a look at some great tips from the ALCC that will help you to evaluate ripeness and whether the vegetable is ready to be picked.


Can be harvested when the fruit easily separates from the vine and the skin is hard.


Beans are ready to be picked when the inner seeds begin to slightly bulge through the pod.


Pull away the soil from the top of the root, if root is about 1 inch in diameter, it is ready to be picked.


When most of the vines are dead, potatoes are ready to be harvested.


When half of the leaves have dried out and fallen over, dig up onions just slightly then leave them in the soil for almost a week more.

Everyone wants a great tasting harvest, so for the best flavor, make sure you harvest your vegetables in the cooler hours of the morning or evening.

What vegetables are you looking forward to harvesting this fall?


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