It’s that time of the season in which we start to see plants coming through! At least if your season is restricted by the schedule of the University of Texas… We have started to see our late summer/early fall plants coming in! I would like to discuss some of these sprouts and proper ways to take care of them as they become adults.
Beets, Radishes, and Carrots:
Some of our favourite plants to grow are subterranean vegetables. Carrots are loved by all, but are difficult to grow substantially, especially on a garden scale. Beets and radishes are similarly difficult to get to full size. The best way to allow these plants to grow is thinning them. Many gardeners may not want to part with plants that seem to be going well, but too many subterranean plants growing in a small area will force them to compete with one another for water, nutrients, and (most importantly) space. Carrots grown too close together will end up very small and rather bitter. Beets will also suffer thus fate. Radishes aren’t as temperamental when it comes to space, but it comes to space, but it is still best to give them a decent amount of room. These guys are growing very well at the moment, so get them in the ground while you can!
Lettuce, Spinach, Kale, Leafy Greens
Greens are probably some of the most desired vegetables in many gardens. The most important thing to keep in mind is that these plants require a lot of water. If left without a decent amount of water, a lettuce plant will start to wilt after just a day. Make sure that if you are growing leafy greens, you are being conscientious of the amount of water it is getting! This concern brings me back to the issue of space. If greens are to close, not only will the plants collide above ground, but they will compete below ground. A good rule of thumb when planting these in rows is to keep the full sized plants a couple of inches from touching at edges. These guys just came into season, so get going!
Beans and peas are fast growing and can produce a large supply if taken care of properly. Apart from standard planting practices, it must be taken into consideration the fact that many legumes are climbers. You will notice that many pole bean and pea plants will start growing thin, curly tendrils that will grab anything they can reach. This is the time to trellis the plants. A trellis is any structure that can be used for plants to climb on. The way we trellised our peas is by planting them in two rows, then when they start to mature, stuck two bamboo sticks in the ground at either end, between the rows. We then tied string between the sticks at 2-3 inch intervals. It is very important to then guide the plants towards the trellis, otherwise it might try to grab other plants!
That’s just a quick run through of some of the plants that are growing at Concho, and how to tend to them. Remember, anyone is welcome to come out and garden with us! Our workdays are Thursdays 5-7 and Sundays 9-12. Thanks for reading!