Produce to Plant This Spring from 55 Plus Communities in Colorado

The best produce and their health benefits to guide you in gardening this spring

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Spring has arrived in Colorado, and that means that it is time to get your hands dirty and get planting in your garden! Here at Belleview Heights Memory Care and Transitional Assisted Living, we know a thing or two about gardening thanks to our incredible community garden that our team members and residents enjoy. With years of experience maintaining these gardens, as well as the amazing wisdom passed on to us from our wonderful residents, we are here to guide you on what to plant this spring as well as provide a few easy tips and tricks along the way!

Know your zone!

Before we dive into our top 5 crops to plant for spring, we wanted to take a minute to go over the first, and most important is to know when gardening: which plant hardiness zone you live in. Belleview Heights, located in Aurora, CO puts us in Zone 5b. This means that when we choose which fruits and vegetables to plant, we need to be aware of which ones will do well in our area and choose our plantings based on this zone. Your zone will also indicate when to plant each crop because the climate can vary greatly throughout not only the country but your state as well. To find your specific plant hardiness zone you can visit the >USDA website.

What to plant

For those of you looking to get started sooner rather than later, a few great crops to plant in spring include:

  • Broccoli – A great option that is packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that can help boost your immune system!
  • Cabbage – One cup of chopped raw cabbage is packed with 54% of your daily recommended vitamin C as well as 85% of daily vitamin K and 2 grams of fiber! It is also great for reducing inflammation, improving digestion, and helping to lower blood pressure!
  • Carrots – One serving of carrots (half a cup) is packed with nutrients containing 73% of your daily vitamin A, 9% of your daily recommended vitamin K, as well as 8% of your daily potassium, and 5% of your daily vitamin C!

If you feel like you need a little bit more time to get your garden ready, here are a few vegetables to be planted in late spring:

  • Celery – Perfect for a low-calorie snack that is delicious on its own or in salads and soups!
  • Okra – Rich in vitamins A and C, okra is packed with antioxidants! Perfect for vegetable lovers who enjoy the unique texture of these plants!
  • Onions – A staple in the kitchen, growing onions is a great option instead of buying them from the store. Additionally, onions contain anti-inflammatory properties, can help improve digestion, and are a great source of vitamin C.

Finally, a few crops to plant in the late spring/early summer are:

  • Sweet corn – A great source of vitamin C and fiber, and so delicious this is a must!
  • Cucumbers – The perfect addition to any salad or eaten as a snack, cucumbers help promote hydration and can even aid in weight loss!
  • Pumpkins – Rich in vitamin A, pumpkins are packed with nutrients and can help protect your eyesight and promote healthy skin!

Utilizing a garden and growing your own food is not only a great way to incorporate delicious and healthy vegetables into your diet but has also been proven to reduce stress and improve mental health. We love watching our residents enjoy all of the wonderful benefits of gardening while at Belleview Heights. Our Chef even incorporates locally sourced proteins and locally grown produce, including some from our own community gardens, into our menus whenever possible!

For more information on our Denver-area memory care community, or to schedule a tour with us, contact our friendly team today!

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