Garden Plans > 2020: Outdoor Garden

About this Garden Plan

4th year gardening at 9,000 feet elevation (Zone 4b) for two retired adults. Raised beds are 28" tall. EMT hoops cover each bed to retain shade cloth and plastic as needed to protect from chilly nights. Perimeter is 5-6' tall, lined with stucco netting to keep out the deer and rabbits. The heated greenhouse (not shown) provides additional protection for tomatoes, peppers, basil, cucumbers, squash & melons. see highcountryliving.net

Plan Type, Soil and Location

Garden Location: Colorado Rocky Mountains
Garden Size: 43' 11" x 40' 11"
Garden Type: Home garden
Garden Layout: Raised Beds
Sun or Shade: Sunny
Garden Soil Type: Good soil

Plan Notes

Garden Plan

Plant List

 PlantNumberSpacingSpacing in RowsNotes
Alyssum 105"5" x 5"Grown as a ground cover and to attract pollinators.
Asparagus
 Millennium
201' 5"1' 5" x 1' 5"Planted 2017, some were divided 2020. Tendency to freeze in the spring. Kept warm with water-filled bottles & frost cloth.
Basil 27"5" x 9"Basil grows better, fuller outdoors rather than in the greenhouse, but can only grow July-August to prevent freezing.
Beans (Bush Snap)
 Speedy
369"5" x 1' 1"Started indoors in soil blocks and transplanted outdoors 1st-2nd week of June. Kept covered at night to guard against freezing temps.
Beet
 Merlin
165"3" x 7"Beets grow best May-August.
Beet
 Detroit Gold
195"3" x 7"These were planted in July for fall harvest.
Beet
 Cylindra
165"3" x 7"Beets grow best May-August here. Not bothered much by leaf miners in 2020, sprayed early on with neem after a few were noticed.
Bok Choy
 Joi Choi (F1)
27"7" x 9"Joi Choi grows nicely outdoors in the spring or in the greenhouse during the winter.
Bok Choy 27"7" x 9" 
Broccoli
 Fiesta Organic
101' 5"1' 5" x 1' 5"Broccoli is always a winner in this garden.
Broccoli
 Fiesta F1 Hybrid
11' 5"1' 5" x 1' 5" 
Broccoli
 Aspabroc
81' 5"1' 5" x 1' 5"Aspabroc did much better in the winter greenhouse than outdoors. Some was hit by more sun and it did not do as well as the Aspabroc under shade cloth.
Brussels Sprouts
 Franklin
41' 11"1' 11" x 1' 11"First year attempt with Brussels Sprouts.
Brussels Sprouts 11' 11"1' 11" x 1' 11" 
Cabbage (Spring)
 Katarina
101' 11"1' 11" x 1' 11"Katarina grows very well here, with smaller heads for 2 retired adults.
Calendula 211"9" x 1' 11" 
Carrot
 Purplesnax
153"3" x 5" 
Carrot
 Napoli
883"3" x 5"Carrots grow nicely, and usually stay in the ground until it's about to freeze. Usually removed in October.
Carrot
 Mokum
563"3" x 5" 
Cauliflower
 Snow Crown
51' 7"1' 5" x 1' 11"Snow Crown has done very well in the winter greenhouse & summer outdoor garden. Transplanted out May & June. One trial transplanted out in July.
Celery 37"5" x 11"Celery is nothing to write home about--not for fresh eating, but small stems can be chopped and used in cooking.
Chamomile 211"9" x 1' 3" 
Chinese Cabbage
 Red Dragon
21' 3"11" x 1' 11"Red Dragon grew very nicely outdoors, sprayed often with calcium it did not develop tip burn as cautioned. It tasted terrible, and the second head harvested went to the ducks. They didn't particularly care for it either.
Chinese Cabbage
 One Kilo Slow Bolt
11' 3"11" x 1' 11"Chinese cabbage grows well, sometimes attacked by aphids & flea beatles, but not in 2020. Grows best started early spring.
Chives 17"5" x 9"Chives have occasionally been divided and moved, have always come back to grow large plants.
Cilantro 47"5" x 9"Cilantro does best mid-summer.
Comfrey 61' 11"1' 11" x 1' 11"Comfrey grows like crazy in the protected garden. Frequently cut back for compost, it grows back quickly. The deer & ducks eat it if not fenced in.
Dill 67"5" x 9" 
Endive 19"7" x 11" 
Garlic
 Siberian
285"3" x 9"Siberian garlic did nicely overall. Some were small & ugly, most were about 2" diameter.
Garlic
 Susan D
145"3" x 9" 
Garlic
 Elephant
15"3" x 9"Elephant garlic did not survive the 2019-20 winter. (It did well 2017-18.)
Garlic
 Metechi
125"3" x 9" 
Herb
 Caraway
27"5" x 9"One was eaten by mice. The other grew ok, but perhaps a warmer climate would be better. I will see if it survives the winter.
Kale
 Rainbow Lacinato 1
11' 3"1' 1" x 1' 5"Beautiful prolific kale. I don't eat much of it, but it's nice to have and the ducks get lots of it.
Kale
 Casper
11' 3"1' 1" x 1' 5"This kale has beautiful white veins and grows more compact than most kales.
Kohlrabi
 White Vienna
49"7" x 11"Kohlrabi started in late April didn't do so well. Was it too cold in May?
Kohlrabi
 Superschmelz
29"7" x 11" 
Lavender 11' 3"1' 1" x 1' 7"Lavender will likely be moved to the GH in the fall.
Leek
 King Sieg
127"5" x 11"Overwintered leeks from 2019 didn't survive the winter. These were started May in soil blocks, transplanted outside 6/5.
Lettuce (Crisphead)
 Gondar
69"7" x 11"Gondar is the first iceburg variety I've grown successfully, and they've done well, even midsummer.
Lettuce (Leaf) 323"3" x 5" 
Mache 85"5" x 5"I tried mache again this year and I still don't think it's worth the bother. Hard to get started and grow, and not much volume.
Marigold 57"7" x 7" 
Melon
 Minnesota Midget
12' 11"2' 11" x 2' 11"Greenhouse MN Midget has 2 melons growing. At mid-August, the outdoor plant has none. These are difficult to pollenate by hand, with tiny flowers.
Mint 17"5" x 9" 
Monarda
 Panorama Red Shades
611"11" x 1' 7" 
Mustard
 Purple Rapa Mix
45"5" x 5" 
Mustard
 Ruby Streaks
25"5" x 5" 
Mustard
 Carlton Komatsuna
25"5" x 5" 
Mustard
 Mizuna
25"5" x 5" 
Nasturtium
 Empress Of India
111"11" x 11" 
Nasturtium 111"11" x 11" 
Onion
 Expression
15"3" x 7" 
Onion 1325"3" x 7"Bought these Intermediate Day starts from Dixondale, and so far they're the doing better than any other onions I've tried at this location.
Onion (Fall planted) 15"5" x 9" 
Oregano 17"5" x 9" 
Parsley 15"3" x 9" 
Parsnip 187"7" x 11" 
Peas
 PLS 560
1403"3" x 7"Odd little pea plants get all tangled together, making it difficult to find & pick peas. Peas are good but smaller, some pods only containing 2-3 peas, others up to 10.
Peas
 Oregon Sugar Pod 2 Snow
383"3" x 7"First time for snow peas is a success.
Peas
 Green Arrow
1483"3" x 7"Lots of peas harvested late July and through August.
Potatoes (Early)
 Desiree
61' 3"1' 1" x 1' 7"Grown this year from last year's spuds.
Potatoes (Maincrop)
 Pioneer Russet
52' 11"2' 11" x 2' 11"Grown this year from last year's spuds.
Radicchio 19"7" x 11" 
Radish
 White Icicle
43"3" x 7" 
Radish
 Daikon
123"3" x 7" 
Rhubarb 72' 11"2' 11" x 2' 11"Rhubarb, outside the fenced garden, has been pretty well demolished by the deer, who eat the leaves, not the stems. At least there is still some left for us!
Rosemary 17"7" x 7" 
Rutabaga
 Laurentian
69"7" x 1' 3" 
Sage 111"11" x 1' 3" 
Shallots 35"3" x 5"Trying shallots from seed after a late start.
Spinach
 Lakeside
127"7" x 11" 
Squash (Winter)
 Small Wonder
12' 11"2' 11" x 2' 11"6 squash growing. This plant does well both in GH and outside. Can't wait for the taste test!
Squash (Winter)
 Celebration
12' 11"2' 11" x 2' 11"Lots of females, not many males, but pollenated by hand with males from the Small Wonder. 2 squash are growing.
Squash (Winter)
 Butterbush
12' 11"2' 11" x 2' 11"This got a late start, but by mid-August there are a few squash growing.
Swiss Chard 21' 1"11" x 1' 3"As always, this grows well. One of the plants is more pink than red this year.
Thyme 111"11" x 11" 
Zucchini
 Golden
11' 11"1' 11" x 1' 11"Lots of yellow zucchini--easy to spot!
Zucchini
 Cash Machine
11' 11"1' 11" x 1' 11"Lots of nice green zucchini on an open plant--easy to see the zucchini growing. Have not overgrown a one this year!

Planting Times

Plant List key
 PlantJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Alyssum
Asparagus
 Millennium
Basil
Beans (Bush Snap)
 Speedy
Beet
 Merlin
Beet
 Detroit Gold
Beet
 Cylindra
Bok Choy
 Joi Choi (F1)
Bok Choy
Broccoli
 Fiesta Organic
Broccoli
 Fiesta F1 Hybrid
Broccoli
 Aspabroc
Brussels Sprouts
 Franklin
Brussels Sprouts
Cabbage (Spring)
 Katarina
Calendula
Carrot
 Purplesnax
Carrot
 Napoli
Carrot
 Mokum
Cauliflower
 Snow Crown
Celery
Chamomile
Chinese Cabbage
 Red Dragon
Chinese Cabbage
 One Kilo Slow Bolt
Chives
Cilantro
Comfrey
Dill
Endive
Garlic
 Siberian
Garlic
 Susan D
Garlic
 Elephant
Garlic
 Metechi
Herb
 Caraway
Kale
 Rainbow Lacinato 1
Kale
 Casper
Kohlrabi
 White Vienna
Kohlrabi
 Superschmelz
Lavender
Leek
 King Sieg
Lettuce (Crisphead)
 Gondar
Lettuce (Leaf)
Mache
Marigold
Melon
 Minnesota Midget
Mint
Monarda
 Panorama Red Shades
Mustard
 Purple Rapa Mix
Mustard
 Ruby Streaks
Mustard
 Carlton Komatsuna
Mustard
 Mizuna
Nasturtium
 Empress Of India
Nasturtium
Onion
 Expression
Onion
Onion (Fall planted)
Oregano
Parsley
Parsnip
Peas
 PLS 560
Peas
 Oregon Sugar Pod 2 Snow
Peas
 Green Arrow
Potatoes (Early)
 Desiree
Potatoes (Maincrop)
 Pioneer Russet
Radicchio
Radish
 White Icicle
Radish
 Daikon
Rhubarb
Rosemary
Rutabaga
 Laurentian
Sage
Shallots
Spinach
 Lakeside
Squash (Winter)
 Small Wonder
Squash (Winter)
 Celebration
Squash (Winter)
 Butterbush
Swiss Chard
Thyme
Zucchini
 Golden
Zucchini
 Cash Machine



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