Tips for Gardeners Growing Vegetables in Colorado


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Growing Vegetables

Experienced in Colorado’s real estate market, Kurt Wiedt serves as principal of Markham Woods based in Denver. Alongside his professional activities, Kurt Wiedt enjoys gardening.

Those interested in growing their own vegetables in Colorado should remember that the local climate affects the growing season. The state has nine different growing zones, and plants have the best chance of thriving in the zone most suited to them. Much of the soil in the state consists of dense, heavy clay and lacks aeration–factors that make it difficult for plants to grow strong roots.

In addition, most of the state has a relatively short growing season compared to that of lower altitude areas. For every additional 1,000 feet above sea level, the temperature drops approximately 3.5 degrees. Those who garden at lower elevations have a longer and warmer growing season.

Lastly, to decide when to plant their seeds, gardeners should acquaint themselves with the last and first frost dates (meaning, what date in the spring is the last day of frost and what day in the fall is the first). For most areas in the state, these are between May 15 through 30, and around September 15, respectively.


Denver Rescue Mission Offers Several Ways to Volunteer


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Denver Rescue Mission

A graduate of Penn State University, Kurt Wiedt has served as principal of Markham Woods in Denver, Colorado, since 2008. Outside of the office, Kurt Wiedt volunteers his time with the local Denver Rescue Mission.

A nonprofit organization with ties to the community for more than 120 years, Denver Rescue Mission strives to help change lives through education, community involvement, and spiritual development. It reaches out to those city residents experiencing homelessness and addiction with hopes of changing their lives. The organization is able to do this thanks to partnerships with its volunteers and donors.

For those interested in helping, there are several different types of volunteer opportunities with the nonprofit. They include:

* Serving a meal. Volunteers may search for serving opportunities in the Denver area or in northern Colorado. They can also signify how many members in their party wish to help.

* Interning. Volunteers garner hands-on experience working in nonprofit and ministry.

* Mentoring. They provide emotional and spiritual support to families, men, and women through one-on-one sessions.

* Serving youth. This volunteer opportunity takes place at the family transitional facility, The Crossing, and the home for single mothers, Champa House. Volunteers serve children from ages 0 to 18 through tutoring sessions and childcare.