6 Container-Friendly Plants for Your Denver Vegetable Garden
If you enjoy gardening, then you already know it can be a challenge to find the right balance of sun and shade, soil and water, and hot and cool temperatures — especially somewhere like Denver, where our climate is not always predictable or particularly vegetable-garden friendly. If you don’t own a plot of land where you can cultivate your own garden, the challenge grows even more difficult. Is it even possible to tend a vegetable garden without an outdoor garden space in your landscaping?
Short answer? Yes! With the right care, it’s possible to grow productive vegetable plants in pots and small containers, so you can tend your own veggie garden even if:
- your home doesn’t have a yard
- you’re renting a home where you can’t alter the landscaping
- you’re renting an apartment
- you’re living in a mobile home or other small home with limited outdoor space
Nothing tastes as good as a tomato pulled fresh off the vine you grew, so in today’s post, we’re going over six container-friendly plants to include in your Denver vegetable garden.
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Tomatoes have long been the vegetable garden plant of choice, thanks to their hardiness, versatility, and delicious produce. They tend to grow well in Colorado’s dry, hot climate, as long as they are regularly watered and can enjoy plenty of direct sunlight. It’s also important to plant them in nutrient-rich soil in a pot at least fourteen inches in diameter. Make sure to pay attention to the mature height listed on the information tag on your seeds or seedlings. Most tomatoes will do better in larger pots with staking so that the weight of the heavy fruit does not bend and break the vines.
Another tip: be sure not to put them out too early in the spring — tomatoes hate to be cold. For best results, wait until the weather is warmer than 40 degrees at night and 55 degrees in the day.
Peas are fast growers and easy to care for, and unlike tomatoes, they are hardy enough to withstand a little cooler weather. For this reason, they are perfect for succession planting in your pots or containers — you can plant them in the early spring, harvest them once the weather gets too warm and they stop producing, and then plant something else in that container for the heat of summer. Harvest your second round of crops at the end of the warm weather, and then plant peas again when it cools down in the fall!
Peas also improve your soil’s health by adding nitrogen, so your summertime plants will get a head start in nutrition!
Peppers (both spicy and sweet) are an ideal vegetable for any Colorado garden. They thrive in smaller containers with plenty of direct sun, adequate container drainage, and consistent, frequent watering.
Since peppers come in all shapes, sizes, flavors, and spice levels, it’s easy to find the perfect plant for your desired diet! Some gardeners believe that spicier varieties have an easier time in the dry climate than their sweeter counterparts, but with a little trial and error, you should be able to include peppers of all kinds in your potted Denver garden!
Always dreamed of having an herb garden, but didn’t know where to begin? It’s easy. Many herbs — like basil, chives, cilantro, parsley, oregano, sage, and more — will grow quickly and easily even in Colorado’s dry climate. They require less space than larger vegetable-bearing plants, so you can include a variety in the same pot or container!
The herbs you choose are up to you and your personal taste, but most thrive in partial shade. Nest them below the foliage of your other sun-loving plants, or consider growing them indoors on a windowsill where you can better regulate their exposure to light. No matter how you choose to grow your own herbs, your home is sure to be more fragrant and your food more flavorful!
Cucumber is notoriously easy to grow, and it yields a lot of produce! Because of this, the plant is very novice-friendly as long as it is given adequate room to grow and plenty of water! Cucumbers are very water-rich, and they depend on a lot of water to grow, so be sure to use a larger growing container and keep the soil moist.
Cucumber plants enjoy full sun exposure, so they’ll be very happy next to your tomatoes, peppers, and other container-friendly, sun-craving veggies.
Maybe you’re more interested in growing lettuce, kale, and other salad greens. Good news! These are some of the easiest plants to grow in containers, and they yield produce really fast. You can harvest them every few weeks throughout the summer!
There are many kinds of salad green mixes that will thrive in pots and small containers. Be warned, however, that unlike most other plants on our list, kale thrives best in partial shade, not full sun — so make sure you’re giving your salad greens a break from the rays in the heat of the day.
Start Your Container Garden in a New Mobile Home!
We hope these tips have given you the confidence to start your own vegetable garden, even if you didn’t think you had space in your home or yard.
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