I would really appreciate some information on which vegetable varieties have worked well for you in Colorado. I am planning a community garden this spring and would like to have some information before spending a lot of money.
I am in Denver, so any experiences in the Denver metro would be really helpful.
To start off the list, I have already found that
Gill's Golden Pippin Acorn Costata Romanesca zucchini Black Cherry Tomato Taxi Tomato and Green Grape Tomato
Do really well here, even under adverse circumstances.
I grew up in Colorado, my dad gardens there. I never found the conditions all that harsh, the main thing is keeping up with the watering. My dad gardens in Castle Rock and he uses stuff out of the standard commercial seed catalogs with great success. Saying that, any of Joseph's landrace vegetables should do great for you, his conditions are fairly climatically similar, but with a much shorter season and less heat.
Last Edit: Feb 10, 2014 7:44:26 GMT -5 by oxbowfarm
Post by dreamkatcher on May 16, 2014 7:19:06 GMT -5
I have had great success, in Colorado, with Baker Creek heirloom seeds at rareseeds.com. If you want to know varieties still, let me know and I can look at what I planted. Potatoes that do well seem to be Red Pontiac, German Butterball, Yellow Finn and a russet that I just can't remember the name of at the moment. The Yellow Finn seem to do the best in the worst conditions. Sugar Baby watermelons do great too. We use straw around everything now too. It not only helps us water less, keeps the soil from becoming cement during the heat of the summer and it repels a lot of pests. We used half the water last year, with the straw, as the year before, without the straw, and the plants were a lot healthier and produced more.
The King of Colorado seeds is probably Anpetu Oihankesni of Sourcepoint Seeds, 26422 Moss Rock Road, Hotchkiss, CO 81419. He is a SSE member CO OI A but sells from his catalog also. The catalog was $5 last year.
Post by keen101 (Biolumo / Andrew B.) on Jul 21, 2015 13:32:20 GMT -5
Anything from Joseph. Plants bred to do well in Utah, Wyoming, New Mexico, or Kansas will generally do fine. Are there specific vegetables you would like variety suggestions for?
I generally suggest getting seeds that are bred for short season. Seeds from Canada generally do good. I've had good success with the Varieties from Peace Seeds despite Oregon weather being different than Colorado.
Squash my recommendation is Hopi White. Not because it's a good eating squash, but it produces lots of seeds for roasting, it grows well here, and it looks cool in white. There are articles online from people who have grown Hopi Squash in Denver and apparently they thrive there. Or any type of Butternut.
Tomatoes: any kind of cherry type over larger types. I tried cherokee purple once, it didn't do well at all.
Peas: Sugar Magnolia. Grows well, very productive. Dwarf Gray sugar does ok.
Watermelon: Yellow Doll. Working on Joseph's Landrace too.
Peppers: Jalapeno's usually do fine. This year i'm trying the Mosco Pepper (aka the Pueblo Chili). It is apparently now the king of Green Chili's here in Colorado and was bred by CSU IN Colorado. I hope it does well and tastes good.