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Colorado Vegetable Guide

Downloadable, printable resource for backyard growers in Colorado. This a 85-page resource with crop-by-crop information for all regions of the state in English and Spanish.


Información en Español


Below are general gardening topics to help you get started growing a food garden. Click on the down arrow below each topic to view a variety of resources.

Resources from CSU’s Planttalk website are brief articles to introduce you to the subject material and focused on the beginner. CSU Fact Sheets are more detailed and often include recommendations from CSU Extension specialists and agents. CMG GardenNotes are very detailed chapter-style resources written to train Colorado Master Gardeners.

CO-Horts and Colorado Mountain Gardener blog postings are also included as more casual resources.


Colorado’s Climate

WHEN TO PLANT  |  LOCAL CLIMATE SUMMARIES  |  FREEZE & FROST

Environmental Hurdles

WIND  |  SUN & HEAT  |  HAIL

Site Planning & Prep

WHERE TO PLANT  |  GARDEN STYLES  |  SOIL

Seed Starting and Seed Saving

STARTING SEEDS  |  TRANSPLANTING  |  SAVING SEED

Water, Fertilizer & Mulch

IRRIGATION  |  MULCH TYPES  |  FERTILIZATION

Need a Soil Test? Check out the CSU Soil Testing Lab


Frost Protection & Season Extension

COLD SNAP  |  SEASON EXTENSION  |  FROST PROTECTION

Harvesting Produce

Banner TIMING | EXTRA PRODUCE | STORAGE
TIMING  |  EXTRA PRODUCE  |  STORAGE

Container Gardening

VEGETABLES FOR CONTAINERS  |  BUCKET TOMATOES  |  HERBS

Raised Bed Gardening

BASICS  |  BLOCK STYLE & ROWS  |  SAMPLE GUIDE

Mountain Gardening

BASICS  |  HIGH ELEVATION CONSIDERATIONS  |   MOUNTAIN VEGETABLES

Growing at Higher Elevations? Check out the Colorado Mountain Gardener Blog


Greenhouse Growing

HOBBY GREENHOUSE |  BUILDING A GREENHOUSE |  WHITEFLY

Looking for more resources?


> LOOKING FOR RESEARCH ON A SPECIFIC CROP? Check out CSU’s Specialty Crop Website