I absolutely love the holidays, but there is something so refreshing about the start of a new year! It's crazy to me to think that in just a few short weeks I'll begin planting and prepping my beds for this year's garden! Today I'm sharing a look at the year ahead for my garden!
JANUARY to MARCH:
This is my first main planting season of the year! While there are an abundance of vegetables and herbs to plant throughout the year, I'm focusing on the ones that I love and will have in my garden!
JANUARY: January in Texas is a tricky month because it tends to fall a bit warm, and then we always have the unexpected freeze in February. Nevertheless, January is recommended for planting carrots, leaf lettuce, and spinach here in Texas! Last year I had a lot of success with spinach and leaf lettuce! My carrots didn't do too well, but that was because they were in a pot and my two year old pulled them all prematurely!
FEBRUARY: I typically don't plant a lot in February. I use this month to prepare my beds! I like to pull every weed, loosen the soil, and if I need to, re-till the land! I also like to mark out where each vegetable will go so that I can get a visual layout. I set up my trellises and stakes and sketch a rough draft in my notebook!
MARCH: As a teacher, I have Spring Break off of work and that is typically when I plant most of my vegetables and herbs! While most lists will tell you to wait until April, I always plant my cherry and grape tomatoes in March as well as bell peppers, jalapeno peppers, cucumbers, and the pole beans for Stella's bean teepee! Last year I didn't have a lot of success with cucumbers. I think my soil isn't compatible so this year I will be skipping cucumbers! Tomatoes and peppers on the other hand do amazingly well in our backyard!
This is also when I plant my herbs garden! I love to plant herbs that I will use a lot throughout the year so I plant basil, cilantro, parsley, chives, rosemary, dill, and mint.
APRIL to JUNE
By this point most of my garden has begun to take off and fill out!
APRIL: In April it is recommended to plant watermelon, cantaloupe, and pumpkins! Last year I grew watermelon and cantaloupe for the first time and was so surprised at how easy they were to grow! The watermelon was great, but the cantaloupe was amazing!!!! The only downside to growing these two are the crazy vines that accompany them! I've heard conflicting reports on when to plant pumpkins in Texas! Most will say April-June, but the very latest for a Fall yield is around the 4th of July! I personally recommend April or May depending on your garden size! If you have a small garden it may be hard to plant all three of these as they all have large vines!
MAY: This is when a lot of lists recommend planting peppers, but I typically already have a large yield by this point from planting in March! This year I'll be planting okra in May! I've never planted it before, so I'm not sure how it will turn out, but I will be sure to let you know!
JULY - SEPTEMBER
I typically don't plant anything over the summer. Last summer I planted my cantaloupe seeds in June, but this year I'm planting them earlier because they were so good and I hope to get more yield this year! Sometimes I do have to replant lettuce throughout the summer if it gets too wet or accidentally chopped by my husband as he weedeats the yard! (happens more often than I'd like to admit)
OCTOBER - DECEMBER
OCTOBER: October is perfect for planting head lettuce, spinach, and another round of carrots! This is typically my last planting season although this year I may add in some winter asparagus and plant it in November!
Most of my plants I start as seeds although some I do prefer to start as plants! For instance, I always start my herbs, tomatoes, and peppers from small plants! I just find that I have more success that way!
Just typing this post has made me so excited for the year ahead! I can't wait to get into my garden and share all of the yummy photos of it's progress!!