With Spring comes the opportunity for a better garden and a healthier lifestyle. Photo by Jamie Nickel and Ayla Main

With Spring comes the opportunity for a better garden and a healthier lifestyle. Photo by Jamie Nickel and Ayla Main

Those who have lived in Colorado for at least a week know that the climate is dry and the weather is unpredictable. This perfect storm of events can make it quite difficult to effectively maintain a garden. However, those who have lived here even a day also know Coloradans are everything-outdoor enthusiasts. With that in mind, here are some simple tips to grow a successful garden.

  • It is important, especially in Colorado, to make sure the soil used is full of nutrients. One way to increase the amount of vitamins and minerals in the soil is to buy soil with these added elements and mix it with the dirt in the yard.

  • When actually planting seeds, whether they are flower, vegetable, or fruit seeds, they must be planted at the right time seasonally to ensure maximum production and success.

  • If yard space is limited, consider planting in pots. There are so many unique pots and holders for plants that it can be an even more fun way to garden.

Gardening is not only a fun hobby for anyone to take up during the summer, but also a good way to get outdoors that has a plentiful amount of benefits.

  • By planting fruit or vegetable seeds, in due time delicious produce will become available for yummy summer dinners.

  • Additionally, fresh produce has a health benefit. When the time from the field to the dinner table is shorter, there is less of a chance for the produce to become bug infested or carry harmful pesticides.

  • When it’s time for summer backyard parties to commence, a garden with beautiful flowers will impress any friend and the overall look of the backyard will be improved.

  • A plant will produce vegetables and fruit multiple times, so the only cost will be the initial purchase of the seeds. This will save money on produce in the long run.

  • Fresh flowers can brighten up any room. They also make a wonderful homegrown gift.

With a break in school and warmer days ahead, the perfect way to celebrate Colorado beauty is by starting a garden.

 

By Jamie Nickel and Ayla Main

 

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