When it comes to planting a garden, it always helps to do a bit of advance planning. It certainly doesn’t help that Texas’s long summers and short falls can make it confusing to know the optimal growing season for your fall produce. In Texas, it’s often best to begin planting fall produce in August or late July, since fruits and veggies can take longer to grow if they’re planted in fall’s cool temps. Here’s our guide to what to plant this summer for a bountiful Texas autumn harvest, with tips to keep your garden thriving:
- Broccoli: This vegetable requires lots of moisture and fertilizer, so if you don’t already have raised beds, you may want to consider building one.
- Cabbage: You may consider planting cabbage right before fall starts. Cabbage doesn’t do well in heat, but it will grow very well as temperatures begin to cool.
- Green Beans: Green beans are very easy to grow no matter the season. You can actually stagger plantings in order have fresh green beans all year round.
- Carrots: When planting carrots, provide plenty room between the seeds for ample growth. If the carrots are planted too close together, they won’t grow straight.
- Squash: Water squash deeply to yield the best-quality fruit—about an inch of water per watering.
- Cucumbers: Be sure to keep the areas near your cucumber free of weeds. Some varieties are vulnerable to bacterial wilt disease.
- Chickpeas: Keep planting beds evenly moist until chickpeas have pushed through the soil.
- Peas: Peas like fertile, well-drained soil, so plant them in a raised garden bed or use plenty of compost.
- Corn: Corn also requires plenty of room to thrive.
Remember that seedlings planted in late July or August require plenty of watering to get them through these brutally warm weeks. If you have a major gardening project coming up, be sure to call Texas811 before you dig.