Transplanting in Autumn and Planting for a Winter Harvest in Houston


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When is it a good time to rearrange the garden? Transplanting in Autumn can help the plants thrive, but you can have some vegetables for a winter harvest in Houston.



My daughter, Katya, and I have been creating a new garden through transplanting. This has been a wonderful solution to give the garden a new look, while not spending money on new plants; however, I have been spending money on plants and seeds anyway.

    I bought the seeds from Southwest Fertilizer for planting in January. Well, Katya, who is three has her favorite vegetables, so we had to buy those seeds. Moreover, my baby, Sakura, decided she needed beans. Both girls love being in the garden. Katya insisted that we start our seed beds now, so I am trying out the swiss chard, beets, and beans in a bed that I was preparing for the January plantings. I did find some celery plants and nasturtiums at my seed shop. I also went to Tea’s Nursery for some lettuce and arugula. We are having salads in my home soon.

    I had let one of my vegetable beds become to wild. I grow vegetables all over the home, so no bed is strictly a vegetable bed. One of my main beds to harvest produce for my dinner happens to be where I set up an outdoor reading room. Each time a plant was harvested, I would put another plant in. As the seasons marched through the year, I had quite the riot on my hands. Green onions, kale, arugula, lettuce, parsely, and daikon were all over the bed. I was fine with this set up, but it does not make for a visual pleasing site. Katya grabbed her shovel, and I plunged in with my hands. We gathered all of the same plants from this bed into one spot on a tarp that we had layed down. We had fun finding the earth worms, while checking to see what else lived in the soil. After turning the soil, while adding some compost and coffee grounds, I planned out where to make my mass pantings.

    Bunching plants in mass gives a rich effect to the eye, and it makes it easier for my wife and son to locate a vegetable when I need them for a dinner. When we dug the plants out, we were careful to cause as little damage as possible. Katya and Sakura are not so careful though. The prepared soil made it easy to creae holes for the plants, and we spaced them fairly close together. I discovered that good care allows me to pack plants in a little closer that the recommendation on the plant tags.

    This process is traumatic for the plants, so the next step was to water everything. The girls decided that they needed to be watered too. It has been fairly temperate lately, but if it gets much colder I will mulch my transpants. I watch them for several days, watering  every so often. For larger shrubs and trees, I will wait till they go dormant (when the leaves fall off).

   The heat of summer is not the always best for a vegetable garden; however, an advantage of a Houston garden is being able to harvest vegetables year round. My seeds have sprouted. I am hoping that they will be large enough to survive the first frost. Most likely, I will have to be protecting them, if I want them to last. We will see. What did you do in your garden this week?

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This site came out of my desire to write about my love of gardening, but also to connect it to my knowledge derived from home inspections. That is why I tied it to the home inspection site.If you have questions, you can email them to me (frank at yourhoustonhomeinspector.com). For home inspections, call 713.781.6090.
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