It's the beginning of the end for our cool spring mornings, blissfully strolling our gardens as the birds sing...Is it really the end? Haha! Nah, gardening is still fun in the summer, it's just a bit hotter.(Which is how Texas likes it!) And with a few tips, kitchen gardens can thrive even when some of us droop in the heat.
We want our harvesting baskets full to bursting. So when we're setting a summer garden up for success, it's all about hot-season plant selection. Here's the "short list" of some winners, and some tips to follow after.
Arugula, Beans, Black Eye Peas, Cantaloupe, Cucumber, Honey Dew Melon, Malabar Spinach, New Zealand Spinach, Okra, Peppers, Pumpkin, Swiss Chard, Tomatillo (more than one seed), Watermelon, Winter Squash.
Cantaloupe, Cucumber, Eggplant, Malabar Spinach, New Zealand Spinach, Okra, Peppers, Pumpkin, Sweet Potato Slips, Swiss Chard, Tomatillos (must have 2 plants), Watermelon, Winter Squash.
Basil, Bay Laurel, Catnip, Echinacea, Lamb's Ear, Lavender, Lemon Balm, Lemon Verbena, Mint, Oregano, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme.
However...in the latter half of the month, seedlings have a more difficult time tolerating the heat, so the planting list shortens a little. Here are some options for going into your beds in late May.
Seeds: Arugula, Black Eye Peas, Cantaloupe, Okra, Pumpkin, Watermelon, Winter Squash.
Plants: Cantaloupe, Cucumber, Eggplant, Okra, Peppers, Pumpkin, Sweet Potato Slips, Tomatillos (must have 2 plants), Watermelon, Winter Squash.
Watering deeply is just as important as watering regularly.
Fertilize! Many gardeners neglect this step (ahem...I'm reformed now, ok?) but kitchen crops are heavy feeders. MicroLife is an excellent organic choice.
Walk through your garden first thing in the morning to hunt out any pests, pruning needs or adjustments to watering. Irrigation timers are our friends!
And of course snag any veggies ready to harvest! Crops are best enjoyed when picked in the early morning, before a plant is stressed from the day.
Don't miss our new veggie spotlights! You'll fine all the tricks for pampering our garden favorites, check back often for more coming up.
So there you have it. Even as summer sets in (yay!!!) there's always lots of room for planting and growth, for both you and you kitchen gardens.
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