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Do Your Part: Top 5 Easiest Foods to Grow at Home

Do Your Part: Top 5 Easiest Foods to Grow at Home

 Want to join the grow-your-own food movement but just don’t know where to start? Don’t fear. Spring is here and it’s the perfect time to start growing delicious foods right where you live. Why not begin with foods that are nearly fail-proof? Here are my top 5 foods to grow at home whether you have a lot of space or just a sunny window. A spot with six hours or more of sunlight is all you need to Do Your Part for fresher foods.

1) Tomatoes
Did you know that tomatoes are the most popular piece of produce to grow at home? Besides being delicious, tomatoes are fairly simple to grow. There are thousands of varieties to choose from. You can grow tomatoes in containers, raised garden bed, upside down, or in a traditional garden.

2) Herbs
Talk about instant gratification! Herbs are fast growing so you can experience their flavors in no time. Herbs such as parsley, mint, basil, chives, and more can be grown in a sunny window indoors. They also thrive outdoors in containers and are attractive when mixed with potted flowers.

3) Lettuce
Lettuce will get you the biggest bang for your buck plus it’s super simple to grow. Think about it. If you spend a couple bucks to plant lettuce, you’ll make that money back the first time you make a salad from your garden. Lettuce is a cool season crop and needs just six inches of soil to grow.

4) Strawberries
Strawberries are the perfect fruit to grow at home and will return year after year without a whole lot of work. Just remember a few things with strawberries. They need regular watering and fresh fertilizer every few weeks. Strawberries grow best in the spring or late fall.

5) Peas & Beans
There are many options when it comes to peas and beans. Think green beans, snow peas, sugar peas, wax beans, and so many more. Peas are a cool season crop and most bean varieties are warm season crops but both grow on vines. This makes them perfect for a small space because you can train them to grow up a trellis, stakes and string, or a fence.

There are many reasons to grow foods at home. You’ll know exactly what went into growing them and you’ll be saving money—all at the same time. But best of all are the tasty rewards enjoyed with family and friends.

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Boulder outdoor activities

Boulder outdoor activities

Hiking, biking, and climbing are among the most popular outdoor activites in Boulder. However, there are many other niche activities for those who seek them.

The Boulder Creek offers opportunities for kayaking and inner tubing. Paragliding and hot air ballooning are available in the area. In the winter, downtown Boulder opens its own outdoor ice skating rink. We’ve listed information on these activities below.

Water Activities

Boulder can become quite hot in the summer — days in the 90°s are quite common. If you’re visiting Boulder in the hot season and are looking for opportunities to cool off, try visiting the Boulder Reservoir. The 600-acre lake offers swimming and boat rental opportunities. To get there, take the Diagonal Highway to Jay Road to 51st Street (map). There is a per-person entrance fee of $6.

Closer to the center of town, the Boulder Creek offers an opportunity to get wet. On hot days, hundreds of people slide down the creek on inner tubes. Kayakers also enjoy the kayak playpark (class II-III rapids). Most of the excitement takes place near Eben G. Fine Park, near the confluence of Canyon and Arapahoe (map).

White-water rafting is also available throughout the state of Colorado. For detailed information on white-water trips — as well as canoe and kayaking opportunities — visit the Boulder Outdoor Center at 2525 Arapahoe Avenue (map) or call them at (303) 444-8420.

Up in the Air

Hot air balloon rides along the front range of the Rocky Mountains are a delightful way to appreciate the area. Early morning rides are luxurious experiences, complete with champagne at the flight‘s conclusion. One popular local flight company is Fair Winds Hot Air Balloon Flights (303) 939-9323.

With its plentiful foothills and gusty winds, Boulder is also a popular spot for paragliding. Local paragliding companies include the Parasoft Paragliding School (303) 494-2820 and Peak to Peak Paragliding (303) 817-0803. Both companies offer tandem flights with paragliding instructors.

Mile High Gliding offers glider plane tours from the Boulder airport. One- and two-person trips offer a great view of the Boulder foothills. You can contact them at (303) 527-1122.

Group and Family Fun

Golfers will enjoy the Flatirons Golf Course. Located at 5706 Arapahoe Road (map), the 18-hole public course is affordable and open to visitors. Club and cart rentals are available. Phone: (303) 442-7851.

Mini-Golfers will also have fun in Boulder. The Gateway Park Fun Center offers two 18-hole miniature golf courses, as well as go-kart rides and an arcade. Batting cages and a golf driving range are also available. Located in North Boulder at 4800 28th Street (map).

Ice Skating

In the winter, Boulder opens its own in-town outdoor ice rink. Though it’s much smaller than New York City’s famous Rockefeller Plaza rink, Boulder’s version does manager to capture the same magical fun. The rink is located at One Boulder Plaza, at the corner of Canyon and 13th street (map).

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