First Day of Spring Gardening

It’s Official. Spring has Sprung.

Even though the weather is still iffy, gardeners are ready to start the 2011 gardening season.

It’s been a long, cold winter and just about every gardener I know is itching to get outside.

There’s plenty to do, too.

There’s also plenty of time.

While it’s too early for many warm-season gardening tasks, like planting tomatoes and peppers or sowing cucumber seeds, there still are many lawn and garden tasks…

Here are 9 to try:

  1. Plant cool-season veggies: broccoli, cabbage, kohlrabi, onions, lettuce, peas, radish, spinach, and other greens.
  2. Prune shrubs to remove dead branches and crossing branches.
  3. Sow tomato and pepper seeds, if you haven’t already.
  4. Place catalog orders for specialty perennials.
  5. Pull back mulch wherever green shoots have started sprouting.
  6. Sketch out vegetable garden bed plan.
  7. Cut back ornamental grasses.
  8. Apply pre-emergent herbicides to prevent grassy and broadleaf lawn weeds.
  9. Schedule lawn aeration.


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Hi, I’m just starting my first vegetable garden this year and I’m so happy to find a Colorado gardener! I live in Colorado Springs and I’m trying to figure out what will grow here. I’m thinking of building cold frames to stretch the season a little longer. I’m going to start out with lettuce. Any other suggestions about what grows well here? Or other blogs that are local?

Hi Sheryl:

Thanks for stopping by–I always appreciate hearing from fellow gardeners. We’re lucky in Colorado because we can grow just about any kind of vegetable. All you need to do is find a sunny spot, amend the soil, and choose short-season veggie varieties.

I think one of the best resources I can suggest is the CSU Extension gardening website ( There are all kinds of free, downloadable fact sheets that can help with your gardening efforts.

Another good resource is my book, “The Colorado Gardener’s Companion: An Insider’s Guide to Gardening in the Centennial State.”

If you have other questions, please let me know,

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