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Tips for Planting in a Texas Climate

Growing plants in Texas is not as difficult as it seems as long as the necessary steps are taken to ensure healthy planting. Here are some things to note if you’re planting in a Texas climate. ​ #1. Have a watering schedule Much sunshine is needed to grow crops in Texas, especially in humid areas like Houston. And we all know that sunlight and water for plants go hand in hand, which is why you must have a watering schedule of about two to three times a week to keep your plants hydrated. ​ However, you do not need to water your plants when it rains, as rainwater contains nutrients necessary for plant growth and is considered a better option for growing plants. ​ #2. Better to start with small plants You can start your plants from seeds but note that this requires more time and attention than starting with sprouts or small plants. ​ If you’re planting seeds, you must water them immediately after planting and develop an effective watering schedule to keep them hydrated. Be cautious not to water them too much to avoid breaking the stems. It is advisable to plant seeds in smaller pots and transfer them to the main garden when they have sprouted and are a bit stronger. ​ #3. Know the best seasons for plants Different plants should be planted in different seasons. However, many plants continue to grow and produce even out of season, so you can feel free to let them grow. Here are some plants and the best time to plant them: ​ Some spring plants include Lima beans, tomatoes, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, lettuce, spinach, broccoli, and onions. Spring plants can be planted around mid-March or about 1 or 2 months later than the recommended environmental temperature. ​ Some summer plants include peppers, eggplants, beans, cucumbers, squash, gourds, watermelon, okra, snap peas, cantaloupe, and sweet potatoes. You can plant them in April. ​ Autumn plants include mustard greens, leafy Asian greens, carrots, turnips, radish, lettuce, arugula, spinach, kale, and chard. You can plant them between October and December. ​ Herbs such as rosemary, lemon balm, basil, and lavender can be grown all year round. ​ #4. Weed regularly Weeds are unwanted plants that grow amongst other plants and can compete for nutrients necessary for growth. Weeds will deprive your plants of the necessary nutrients for their growth. Therefore, you must spot and uproot them regularly, making sure to uproot them from the root to stop them from growing again. ​ Some more tips for planting in Texas

  • Some summer crops like watermelon like to be covered in water about twice a week which is different from the regular watering schedule.

  • Covering your peppers with plastic bags can make them spicier.

  • You can keep ants and insects away by sprinkling a handful of coffee grounds on your soil beds.

  • You can prevent pests like snails and slugs by crushing eggshells around your plants as this is abrasive to the pests and will keep them away.

​ If you’re ready to start your Texas garden, contact Marshall Grains for all your plant needs for a healthy organic garden!

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