x
Breaking News
More () »

What you can plant safely now

Rob Proctor says now's the time to plant pansies, peas, potatoes, onions, carrots, beets, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce and spinach.

COLORADO, USA — As our gardens come to life, many of us are just itching to plant something. 

I'm currently enjoying flowers that I planted long ago. Lovely Lenten roses are in full bloom. These plants aren't roses. They're properly called hellebores and are native to eastern Europe. The toughest of the tough, shade-loving hellebores are evergreen and flower at Eastertime with pretty downward-facing blossoms in shades of pink, plum and cream--some with speckled petals. The individual flowers last for two months. That's incredible. 

Striped squill, properly Puschkinia, are also native to eastern Europe. This little bulb has short stems with white flowers striped with aqua blue. I planted a few dozen 25 years ago. Now they number in the thousands. They're never a nuisance because the leaves fade away unobtrusively by late spring. 

Hellebores can be planted now; you'll need to wait until fall to plant striped squills. What you can plant safely now includes pansies, peas, potatoes, onions, carrots, beets, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce and spinach. Perennials that have been hardened off can also be planted, as well as the roots of horseradish, asparagus and rhubarb. It's way too early to think about setting out standard summer fare such as geraniums or peppers. 

It's fine to buy summer plants and acclimate them to the sun on warm days. Just make sure to bring them indoors at night.

More Proctor's Garden:

> Top stories curated daily just for you! Sign up for the 9NEWSLETTER to get can’t-miss stories, Next and Broncos content, weather and more delivered right to your inbox.

SUGGESTED VIDEO: Proctor's Garden

MORE WAYS TO GET 9NEWS

Subscribe to our daily 9NEWSLETTER

Download the 9NEWS APP
iTunes: http://on9news.tv/itunes
Google Play: http://on9news.tv/1lWnC5n 

HOW TO ADD THE 9NEWS APP TO YOUR STREAMING DEVICE

ROKU: add the channel from the ROKU store or by searching for KUSA.

For both Apple TV and Fire TV, search for "9news" to find the free app to add to your account. Another option for Fire TV is to have the app delivered directly to your Fire TV through Amazon.

Paid Advertisement

Before You Leave, Check This Out