Pikes Peak Urban Gardens
"Creating Places Where People Meet to Grow"
Pikes Peak Urban Gardens is a
proud program of the Pikes Peak Community Foundation
Our mission is to:"cultivate, educate, and serve the community throughurban garden projects in the Pikes Peak region".
Maybe you don't have enough space for a large garden. If you only have a patio or a deck that is in a sunny location you still can grow great vegetables.
Try growing in containers!
Pictured below is a whiskey barrel that can be purchased at your local nursery or garden center. This one is growing herbs that can be used in flavoring your favorite dishes.
The Science: Plants need sun, good soil, warmth and water to grow. A good sized container placed in a sunny location, watered when needed can provide lots of fresh vegies from May until October.
Now let's go over the needs of most all plants but remember whatever container you choose make sure there are plenty of drain holes in the bottom:
STEP ONE: Locate the best spot for your container or containers. Choose a sunny location that is protected from the winds is best.
STEP TWO: Plan your garden. Make a list of the vegies you would like to plant. Remember a small container can hold only a few. Now go to your local garden shop and pick up some seeds or plants (the ones in season). The folks at the garden shop can help you with your selection. Seeds can be purchased anytime but tomato and pepper plants should be purchased in mid to late May (after danger of frost has passed).
STEP THREE: Buy a container that is suited for what you want to plant (the bigger the plant the bigger the container). See some examples below:
NOTE: you don't need to spend lots of money on containers. The blue storage totes are cheap and work just fine!
STEP FOUR : Make sure there are plenty of drain holes in your container. This will help prevent over-watering. The blue storage totes will have to have holes punched in the bottom. Make sure an adult is around to do this task!
STEP FIVE: Buy enough good organic potting soil to fill your container one inch from the top. Your local garden center can give you the best advice as to the soil you need.
STEP SIX: Before you fill your container make sure it is in the spot where it will stay. Now fill your container with the soil.
STEP SEVEN: Even if it is not time to plant, the soil should be kept moist but not damp or wet. Check out our watering tips at: WATERING TIPS
STEP EIGHT: When the time is right, plant out your seeds or plants. The back of the seed packet gives suggestions as to the correct spacing of the seeds. You may wish to visit our SEED TAPES page to make some of these for your container.
STEP NINE: Make sure you visit your garden each day (sometimes twice a day in hot weather). Water if needed.
STEP TEN: Harvest and enjoy! After you pick a carrot or perhaps harvest a head of lettuce, replant!
Carrots and Radish
Tomatoes and Peppers