What does Grow a Garden provide?

Seeds

Participants can select from the following seed options. Because many of the seeds we provide through this program are donated, we are not able to specify varieties for seeds. We do, however, provide fairly typical varieties of:

  • Basil
  • Bush beans
  • Pole beans
  • Beets
  • Cantaloupe
  • Carrots
  • Collards
  • Cilantro
  • Sweet corn
  • Cucumbers
  • Dill
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Mustard greens
  • Yellow onion
  • Edible pod peas
  • Shelling peas
  • Pumpkin
  • Radish
  • Scallion
  • Spinach
  • Winter squash
  • Yellow squash
  • Zucchini
  • Swiss chard
  • Turnips
  • Watermelon

Seedlings

Participants can select from the following seedling options:

  • Broccoli, Green Magic
  • Cauliflower, Bishop
  • Cabbage, Golden Acre
  • Standard tomato, Celebrity
  • Roma tomato, San Marzano
  • Cherry tomato, Sweet 100
  • Jalapeno pepper (hot)
  • Anaheim pepper (mild)
  • Bell pepper (sweet)
  • Eggplant, Black Beauty
  • Basil (Nufar)

Know-how

Learn with us! DUG wants to support you in growing a successful and productive garden. Every participant will receive a handout of organic gardening basics with their seed order. If you want more information, we welcome you to attend the following workshop at your distribution center during seed distribution in March. Additionally, DUG offers a series of workshops throughout the year at no additional cost to Grow a Garden participants.

Growing Green—organic gardening to stretch your grocery budget
A productive vegetable garden can yield a lot of food, saving gardeners money throughout the season. This workshop will set gardeners up for success with organic gardening in our local climate. A little bit of garden planning goes a long way and can increase yields, decrease pest and disease problems and enhance your gardening experience. This workshop is great for beginners who are just getting started and seasoned gardeners who are interested in new tips for improving their gardening endeavors. Learn about the following:

  • Soil preparation
  • Plant placement and spacing
  • Timing of planting
  • Planting seeds and seedlings
  • Maintenance including mulching, watering and weeding
  • Harvesting

Where will my seeds come from?
Various seed companies donate the seed packets for this program, which is why you may see many different seed brands and varieties in your seed order.

Are the seeds organic? What about the seedlings?
Many of the seeds provided through this program are organic; however, all seeds are untreated and non-GMO (not genetically modified). Additionally, some seeds will be marked for the previous year. These seeds are still great for planting, though we do recommend seeding more heavily. Denver Urban Gardens purchases seeds from local seed companies to fill gaps in seed donations. All of the seedlings are grown organically by a local greenhouse.

Why can’t I request flowers?
Grow a Garden provides access to healthy food to individuals and families across the Metro area, thus all seeds and transplants offered through the program are food-producing. However, we do encourage ecologically diverse gardens, so when we receive flower seed donations, we make those available at distribution centers during seed pick-up in March.