This is a typical Winter in Texas, one day it’s winter and one day its Spring, then back to Winter we go. It’s always a wild ride, and if you’re a gardener, you just want off the ride so you can get busy growing stuff.
Although the weather isn’t cooperating, there is still a ton you can do to get prepared for the planting season ahead.
Start seeds for tomatoes and peppers NOW!! I highly recommend starting your own plants from seed if there is an unusual variety you want to grow. These crops take 4-6 weeks of indoor growing before they are ready to be transplanted into the garden. We have everything you need to get your seeds started, use a heat mat and grow light for best results.
If you don’t have enough time to start your seeds, tomato plants will be available to purchase this week.
One of the great things about living in Houston is we can plant our cold weather crops in succession from October – February, so if you want to start more lettuce, cabbage, beets, broccoli, cauliflower ect… go for it!! Jut be sure to cover seedlings if we have a frost or freeze. Once they are a few inches tall they harden off and you don’t have to protect them any longer.
If your gardens have laid bare all winter, clean them up and add a 3″ layer of high quality compost (we have several to choose from).