Tomato Problems

Tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV) causes tomato plants to appear dusty or dirty. Leaves become distorted and stems often have sunken, bronze cankers. Plants may be stunted and fruits and leaves develop yellow rings. The disease is transmitted by western flower thrips, very tiny tubular-shaped insects. Virus-infected plants should be removed and destroyed. See CSU…

Cucumbers and Squash

Cucumbers and squash, the most common vine Crops, are easy to grow in Colorado at elevations below 5,500 feet. They require a long, warm growing season of at least 50 to 65 days. In lower elevations in the southeastern part of the state, muskmelons and watermelons also will do well. They require at least 80…

Sweet Corn

The key to growing excellent sweet corn is growing healthy plants quickly, with adequate soil moisture, nitrogen and good pollination. Corn should not be allowed to dry out during the growing season because it may stunt the plant, affecting the size and development of the ear. Plant corn in good Garden soil that has been…

Baby Pumpkins

Bigger isn’t always better when it comes to pumpkins. Several new, small pumpkin varieties scaled to a child’s world are on the market and can be used for decorating and baking.   Baby Bear is a new variety that is six inches in diameter and four inches high. In addition to being a good choice…

Cool Season Leaf Varieties

When choosing vegetables for a Garden, consider some varieties that stand out for their adaptation to Colorado’s climate Cool season vegetables are always difficult to grow here because of temperature fluctuations in the spring. Many respond to high temperatures by bolting, or producing a flower stalk. Some varieties may resist bolting and are better bets…

Container Garden Varieties

Growing vegetables in containers is becoming extremely popular. Container vegetable gardening is a viable solution for small urban lots, patios and balconies. The following space-thrifty varieties thrive in containers. Tomatoes – Any determinate variety will most likely thrive in a container. ‘Gold Nugget’ is a prolific golden cherry variety with a well-rounded, not too sweet…