The Q&A Archives: New Gardener

Question: I've been told that we have a short growing season. What veggies to you recommend?

Answer: You're in zone 5 (Eastern Colorado) where winter temperatures average -20F to -10F. You'll have only about 90 days of growing season, so stick with plants that will mature in about 60 - 70 days. It will take the seeds 7-14 days to germinate and begin to grow, so you'll want to add that to the "date to maturity" on the seed packet.<br><br>I'm sure you'll want tomatoes, peas, beans, squash, and lettuce, plus any of your family's favorite veggies. Burpee carries the followingshort season varieties:<br><br>Early Girl, Northern Exposure, and Medina Tomatoes.<br>Super Sugar Snap peas.<br>Tender Pod, Blue Lake and RomaII beans<br>Sweet Zuke, Early Golden Summer and Butterstick Hybrid squash.<br><br>Just stay away from trying to grow melons - you might be disappointed!<br><br>Good luck with your new garden.

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