The rollercoaster spring weather here in Colorado can be challenging. A warm few 60-degree days gets everyone in a happy tizzy to start planting. Then a drastic cold snap stops us in our tracks as we wait for the weather to stabilize. For all of you that have lived in this area for some time, you know this is normal – ‘typical Rocky Mountain Spring’.
So, what do we early gardening enthusiasts do? March is ‘in like a lion and out like a lamb’, as they say, and this means that glimmers of spring are in the air and there are things you can do.
Cool Crop Annuals
Pansies, in containers or ground beds are the most colorful annuals to plant this time of the year. They can take it! We have wonderful pansies growing now in 6-packs and new this season a great 10” patio pot of Pansies with a center spike and 10” garden bowls with Pansies and a Gerbera Daisy. These crops will be ready soon and perfect for late March and early April color.
In addition to pansies, consider snapdragons, dianthus, alyssum and dusty miller. Creek Side will have these plants ready by early April.
Early season perennials The Creek Side Gardens perennial crop is coming along nicely! Over 350 varieties this year including, many Plant Select varieties, which have been specifically chosen for our climate. Our growing experts keep the perennial greenhouse at a low temperature to help them acclimate and get conditioned for your garden. The perennial plants will be available to plant in another couple of weeks.
Cool season vegetable transplants and seeds may be planted and sown beginning in early April. This group includes broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, lettuce, spinach, carrots, radishes, beets, and peas. The ground will have warmed up a little more and which will advance their development. Creek Side has seeds available now for sale as well and all the seed starting supplies. Early season transplants will be ready in a couple of weeks. Just in time for planting!