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Denver, Colorado (Zone 5b)
SimpleGardening
Apr 29, 2020 1:28 PM CST
My partner and I have always wanted to have a garden. Also we recently realized (with all the craziness we've seen going on in the world) we should be more self-reliant. We quickly got overwhelmed with all the information out there and are hoping for some more specific help. Therefore we hope to get some responses to our specific questions we put in a video. It seems this forum won't let me put a link in this post so please search YouTube for our video titled: How To Start A Garden - Interactive Gardening Beginner Help Request From Experts - 2020 Season

Please help us have gardening success!
Thank you very much,
Fendi and Eric (just two simple gardeners)
:)
Name: Sally
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sallyg
Apr 29, 2020 4:50 PM CST
https://youtu.be/b0oTEB-zLwU

Welcome! , we should be able to help some
Where is this located?
Soil, if that is straight from the yard, some compost or aged manure or bagged manure would be great.
Squash, to thin, cut the stem and pull top off. Roots will die..
Lettuce you dug up. Probably lost too many roots. Discard.
Peppers, look great Thumbs up , they grow slow so be patient. Just Three plants will be a lot of jalapenos for two people.
Cilantro, is very tall indicating where you grow the seedlings they could use more light.
Herbs.. carry on.
What else to fill that big bed? Tomatoes are easy.
Potatoes are easy.
Bush snap beans.
More squash.
More than one cucumber plant.
Strawberries are going to spread .
i'm pretty OK today, how are you? ;^)
Denver, Colorado (Zone 5b)
SimpleGardening
Apr 29, 2020 8:29 PM CST
Thank you so much sallyg!!!
This is very helpful and so appreciated!
We are in the Denver Colorado area.
We also have a bunch of seed packets we were planning to plant. Seed packets include: carrots, radish, chives, asparagus beans, bush cucumber, peas, garden beans, as well as more seeds of the plants we started indoors on the video.
We will look into some potato and tomato plants as well, as you suggest. Smiling
Is it ok if we add your comments to our video so that others can benefit from your advice as well?
Also if you would be willing to subscribe to our channel so you can help us throughout the season? It would be so great to have experts like you commenting on our videos with answers to the questions that come up!
Once again, a heartfelt thank you!
Thank You!
Name: Sally
central Maryland
Seriously addicted to kettle chips.
Charter ATP Member Houseplants Keeper of Poultry Vegetable Grower Region: Maryland Composter
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sallyg
Apr 30, 2020 7:20 AM CST
Sure, you can post my comments there.

One big challenge is understanding seasonal conditions and how different crops grow or don't grow because of them. I guess most people understand you can't grow vegetables when the ground is covered in snow. But some things only grow well in cool weather, others warm..

I like that you have a variety in smaller amounts- in that you need to learn first hand how these things grow, and find out what does NOT work. I have tried onions a couple times for example. Really not having success with them like I do with tomatoes, jalapeno peppers, green beans.. Even in peppers, my bells have fruit but it isn't thick and juicy like store bought. But jalapenos are fantastic- same effort, total different quality result.

A great source that many forget is your state Extension service
https://extension.colostate.ed...

I looked brielfy and saw detailed fact sheets for some of your crops. Read those for your specific crops. I hoped it had a spring through fall seasonal vegetable guide but did not see it.

also look for some basics about your soil. It may be very different from mine. But most all soils are improved with organic content though (manure, compost, wood or straw mulch which decomposes yearly and becomes soil)

Example, here in MD, very different climate and soil, but seasons somewhat similar. Unlike Florida or some of Texas where they almost turn the seaosns backwards in my perspective because it is warm enough in winter to grow my summer things, and too hot in summer for almost everything- so it seems in my limited reading..

Here in this site, your regional forum, I guess, is Southwest. Check in there
https://garden.org/forums/view...
i'm pretty OK today, how are you? ;^)
Name: Sally
central Maryland
Seriously addicted to kettle chips.
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sallyg
Apr 30, 2020 7:38 AM CST
A glance at the Cucumber, Squash etc fact sheet for example, tells me watermelon is very iffy at your elevation. Ditch the possibly failed watermelon. Planting the wrong things can lead to a big waste in time, garden space, and effort.
i'm pretty OK today, how are you? ;^)
Name: Sally
central Maryland
Seriously addicted to kettle chips.
Charter ATP Member Houseplants Keeper of Poultry Vegetable Grower Region: Maryland Composter
Native Plants and Wildflowers Organic Gardener Region: United States of America Cat Lover Birds Butterflies
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sallyg
Apr 30, 2020 7:54 AM CST
overview
https://extension.colostate.ed...

Much as I (we) love to help, many of your initial questions are answered on good written reliable sources.
Read everything on the Colorado extension site that pertains and then come back.
Good luck Thumbs up
i'm pretty OK today, how are you? ;^)
Denver, Colorado (Zone 5b)
SimpleGardening
Apr 30, 2020 3:39 PM CST
Ok! Sounds great @sallyg !
We will check out those resources and work to implement the info you've given us into our garden. You are exactly the type of experienced gardener we are hoping to have reply to all our videos this year as we stumble through our first season. If you'd be willing to subscribe to the channel and help with questions, we think this series could be very helpful to other newbies like us who are starting out. We hope you will consider it! Thank you again so much!

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