We know it’s cold outside, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be thinking about your garden and what to plant for the spring – even in March! It’s a good time to plant vegetables like brussel sprouts, broccoli, radishes, spinach, and turnips. It’s also a good time for those annuals you see blooming every spring like dianthus, petunias, and alyssum. If you don’t know where to start, start at Painted Flower Farm. Don and his crew at Painted Flower Farm have been in the business for many years and can help you with just about anything related to your garden and yard. They are also a KDB Business Member – Pecan Level for the past four years. Even better, current KDB members receive a 10% discount on purchases!
Although May can be a bit too hot for adding new plants to the garden, there is always maintenance to be done! We put together a few plants that can tolerate being planted in the summer heat, as well as some tips on tending to your existing plants.
Adapted to living in dry, desert-like conditions, succulents are easily-maintained choices for summer planting. Succulents are plants that store water in their leaves; all cacti are succulents, but not all succulents are cacti. Choose a few varieties of succulents and plant them in an area that receives plenty of sunlight. The differences in their shapes and colors make for interesting planter arrangements!
Summer is a great time to add herbs to your veggie garden. Mint, rosemary, and thyme are all classics that provide ground cover as well as excellent cooking assets. Dill is another herb option, and happens to be a favorite for butterflies! Black Swallowtail Butterflies use dill as a host plant, meaning that they lay their eggs in its leaves.
Blackberries are a summer favorite, but can be rather intrusive. For this reason, plant blackberries in an area of your garden that has plenty of space for the plant to spread. Typically, blackberries will bear fruit in late summer, from July to August. Newly planted blackberries will not likely produce much fruit this summer, but will provide bountiful berries in years to come!
In May, old blossoms should be pruned from spring flowering annuals. Snipping off the dead flowers is called dead-heading. This a great way to maintain your garden – preventing the plant from producing seed pods will encourage more blooming.
Watch for insect invasion and contact Denton Master Gardeners or Texas A&M Agrilife Extension if you can’t identify the insect. Hand-picking bugs off of plants and dropping them into a bucket of soapy water is the least expensive and most organic way to treat, but can be impractical. Do a bit of research to find other organic pest-control methods before resorting to toxic chemicals.
Careful maintenance of your plants now, plus a little organic fertilizer, will help them remain healthy during the summer and prepare them for a final fall show!