Just because you live in an apartment means you have to give up on your green thumb. Here at the Cottages of Fort Collins, our residents have several great options for experimenting with vegetable and herb growing. Our first-floor apartments have large porches with plenty of sunlight while second-floor patios likewise have big patios. You can also talk to our maintenance team about window gardens.
Once you’ve determined where you’re going to put your new plants, the next big step is to determine what your new plants are going to be. The following is a quick outline of what a planting strategy for fall gardens in Colorado should look like:
Get in on Fall Gardening Colorado Style
- Plant Before September 14. The most challenging aspect of planting for Colorado’s fall season is making sure your vegetables will be ready to harvest before the winter frosts. The best rule of thumb for making this happen is to plant by the second week of September. Note that this is for transplants or small starter plans as direct to seed planting will require a longer maturation time.
- Great Time for Greens. September is the best time to plant green vegetables like brussels sprouts, kale, broccoli, lettuce, and spinach. Really! You can think of fall as the time for all things green. Most all of these vegetables will have a very short maturity time so that you can go from in the ground to on your table in just a few short months.
- Go for Garlic & Other Herbs. Garlic and certain herb varieties also excel during this season. For garlic, bulbs will need about four to six weeks to establish them and cloves should be planted about 12 inches apart. You’d be surprised on just how many garlic varieties there are for you choose from. Just head down to Fort Collins Nursery to see what we mean.
- Want Color? Plant Pansies. If you aren’t a fan of vegetables, or simply want something to brighten up those rows of broccoli, then we recommend starting some pansies in pots this month. Pansies come in a great array of colors and grow remarkably well during the cooler months. Additionally, you can often get two seasons out of them with proper care. Check out this more informative guide on pansies to learn more.
Really Inspired? Check Out Fort Collins’s Community Gardens
For those of you who want more than just a few plots and planted rows of vegetables and pansies, we recommend checking out this page on community gardens in Fort Collins. Getting involved with such a project is a great way to meet new friends with similar interests. Plus, you get to learn more about best-growing tips for this bioregion!