Finding the Right Edible Plants for Your Garden

Growing your own fruits and vegetables is one of the most satisfying types of gardening. From fruit trees, tomatoes, and peppers to herbs, beets, and broccoli, edible plants enrich your garden and create a magical experience for your kids to eat what they’ve grown. Nick’s provides a wide array of edible plants for all kinds of Colorado gardens. Our team will help you discover new edible plant varietals and find your favorites in our garden center. Consider the following kinds of edible plants when you’re selecting what to grow in your garden this season.

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Cool Season Crops

These edible plants help extend the growing season and have a quick turnaround from planting to harvest. Choosing transplants will be the easiest method for growing these, but you can also start from seed. Selecting vegetables with the shortest time to maturity, 60-80 days, will allow you to plant in late summer and harvest in late fall. Try planting beets, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, celery or many more of Nick’s cool season crops in your garden this year.

Warm Season Crops

Plant these crops after the last frost in the spring as these fruits and vegetables need warm soil and high temperatures. Nick’s offers a wide selection of common warm season crops from snap peas, corn, and peppers to tomatoes and squash. Depending on the edible plants you choose, you’ll have plenty of tasty crops to harvest throughout the summer months.


Fresh herbs make cooking more interesting and eating more fun. You can start your herb garden indoors in your kitchen or outside in your yard. From basil, chives, cilantro, and dill to mint, oregano, and parsley, Nick’s has the common herbs you know and a great selection of more unique or rare options. Consider which herbs you like to cook with most often and begin your herb garden by planting those varieties.

Planting and Caring for Your Edible Garden

Your edible plants will need healthy, rich soil in order to thrive. Make sure to do a soil test for your garden in order to discover any amendments that would enrich your soil’s quality. Add your mulch, manure, compost, or other soil amendments several weeks before planting your crops. When your soil’s ready, dig holes or trenches for rows of plants, making space between some varieties of plant. Water your crops with a soaker hose or drip line just after you plant them, then regularly water according to the different needs of each variety. Reach out to Nick’s gardening experts as questions arise while you’re tending your edible plants. Our team’s ready to help you troubleshoot concerns so you can grow delicious plants in your own garden.

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