Plan Your Planting Patterns: Winter 2013
The winter is actually a good time to plant certain types of vegetables. Winter gardening can be much more enjoyable to Texas residents than summer gardening. The cooler climate and far away sun comes as a relief to some green-thumbed Texans and if you are thinking about planting a winter garden, there are some things to consider and be aware of in order to promote your growing success.
The benefits to gardening during the winter in Texas is that some vegetation that simply cannot survive the crazy hot summer weather will actually thrive during what is supposed to be a season that does not yield much fruit. Texas residents would be wise to take advantage of the fact that our winters are so much milder than the northern regions by planting an assortment of the large variety of vegetables that are able to thrive during our winter months. October is an ideal time to start your garden as the soil is still warm from the summer sun, but the heat is not oppressive to you or your plant life.
Winter crops that do well in the Texas area are above ground crops such as beans, peas, squash, sweet corn and tomatoes. Greens like spinach collards and lettuce also will do well during the winter in Texas. Root crops can do well too, during a late year garden. Examples of root crops are carrots, onions and radishes.
The Gardening by the Moon Calendar from the 2013 Farmer’s Almanac suggests a few specific days for specific planting. September 28-29th is estimated to be an ideal time to plant potatoes, turnips, onions, carrots, beets and other root crops. Transplanting is also guessed to be successful during these days. October 4-5th beans, peas, squash, sweet corn tomatoes and other aboveground crops. You can also plant flowers on these days if you are desirous of a combination flower and vegetable garden. October 6-7th is a great time to plant greens like lettuce cabbage and kale celery, and the 10-12th is a later time to bed aboveground plants if you missed your chance in September.
Raised beds are useful for winter vegetable gardens, as they prevent against plants getting waterlogged during damp periods. Turn your plant beds soil prior to planting and remove weeds in order to promote a vibrant life environment for your baby veggies. Winter gardening is usually less labor intensive. Start gardening today and for any tree related needs or assistance call 281-441-4179 to speak with an Ability Trees friendly professional today!