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Planning my Colorado garden

08 Jan 2019
Sunny 11°C / 52°F

I moved from California to Colorado in 2014. I was told that we have clayey soil so I first tried container gardening. This year I’m going to set up a proper garden.

I plan to have a raised bed garden to the south of the garage. The land is about 40′ × 20′ excluding a 8’x 6’ muddy corner, so I should have quite a bit of space.

I’m in zone 5b. It gets very windy at times and there are lots of rabbits. So I’m thinking of having a 3’ tall wall around the whole garden for wind and rabbit protection. Seems silly to build a literal walled garden, but that’s probably the most effective solution.

It’s still winter so all I’m doing is reading, browsing websites and watching YouTube videos. I’m itching to get my hands dirty but for now, I’m soaking up every bit of knowledge I can find. I’m looking at so many different topics:

  • What kind of wood should I use for the raised bed? Treated or untreated?
  • What vegetables and varieties do I want to grow?
  • How to support my plants? What to grow on trellises?
  • What flowers should I grow to attract pollinators?
  • How do I want to set up my compost pile?
  • Edible perennials! Looking into raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, Chinese chives and good king henry
  • I’d love to have fruit trees, not sure if that’ll work. Looking into pears and sour cherries.
  • Do I need grow lights for starting seeds indoors?
  • Apparently wine cap mushrooms are very easy to grow? I want to try! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdslTdBxBeA
  • Mulching. I didn’t mulch when I was in California, but now I’m looking into wood chips. Also people grow comfrey to use as mulch?
  • You can bury straw in the middle of your bed to keep it moist? It’s called core gardening: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trg1wdmNfZI
  • I just read a book called “Plant Breeding for the Home Gardener” and I’m very intrigued. Maybe I’ll try to breed luffa that works well here.

It’s so fun to dream about all the possibilities!


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I moved two years ago and got to plan new spaces, too, but nothing quite so drastic as a difference of 4 zones! I only moved a mile.

Use untreated wood—if you use at least 2" boards (like 2×12s) they last for years— mine are 10 years old and they’re fine. The treated wood they use now isn’t as bad the old stuff (which used arsenic) but it will still leech whatever they’re using into the soil.

Posted on 07 Jan 19 (6 months ago)

I moved two years ago and got to plan new spaces, too, but nothing quite so drastic as a difference of 4 zones! I only moved a mile.

Use untreated wood—if you use at least 2" boards (like 2×12s) they last for years— mine are 10 years old and they’re fine. The treated wood they use now isn’t as bad the old stuff (which used arsenic) but it will still leech whatever they’re using into the soil.

Posted on 07 Jan 19 (6 months ago)

Oh xan we’re in the same zone now!

Posted on 08 Jan 19 (6 months ago)

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