East, North or Both?

Asked April 3, 2013, 4:09 AM EDT

I live in Loveland, CO and planning on starting my veggie garden soon..should I set up my containers on the West or South side of my house?

Larimer County Colorado

1 Response

If you're planning on growing cool season crops (lettuce, peas, swiss chard, broccoli, cabbage, etc.), then it's a great time to plant some of these crops in containers. A south-facing location will give you the greatest amount of sun--placing them on the west side will only allow for afternoon sun...most of these crops will need at least 6-8 hours/day. Be careful to protect plants if the days get very warm, as the plants could get too much sun.

If we have a very warm spring like we did last year, then some shade may be beneficial.

Refer to the Colorado Master Gardener Garden Note #724 on growing vegetables in containers : http://www.cmg.colostate.edu/gardennotes/724.html