Herbs & Vegetables
Herbs and Vegetables
Fall is in full swing which means cooler days, falling leaves, and winter on the horizon. Now is the time to be focusing on harvesting fall herbs and vegetables. I love having fresh herbs around in the fall months because they are harvested in their prime.
Summer Herbs & Veggies
Summer veggies are here gardeners!
Don’t let the Houston heat scare you. These varieties are able to withstand our weather for a healthy fall harvest. If you missed out on adding veggies to the garden this spring, now is the time to jump on the veggie train.
Let’s run through a few of our new veggies!
- Malabar Spinach: Talk about a hefty grower! Despite having the word in its name, Malabar spinach is a leafy green and not a ‘true spinach’. This vigorous grower is perfect for those who like to add adventurous greens to their meals.
- Pumpkins: If you’re looking to grow your own pumpkins for Jack-o-lanterns this Halloween then now is the time to get you pumpkins in the ground!
- Drought Tolerant Herbs: Rosemary, oregano & lavender: the drought-tolerant trio! Water usage is crucial in the summer months so it’s important to plant water-smart.
Summer Vegetable Gardening
Let’s look at fantastic options to put into the ground this month.
Fall tomatoes are here gardeners! Now’s your chance to start your tomatoes for a great fall harvest.
Scared that it’s too hot to plant tomatoes in Houston? Worry not! Here are our tips how to have your fall tomatoes flourish:
- Keep your tomato plants in a spot that gets morning sun and afternoon shade. It is crucial to protect them from the afternoon sun as this is when the sun is most intense. Tomatoes need 4-6 hours of sun a day to grow big and strong.
- Transplant your tomato plants to a larger container once they are at least 8 inches tall. We recommend sizing up to 1 gallon black grower pots.
- Do not let your tomatoes dry out. Keep an eye on moisture levels to ensure they have proper hydration. They’ll need the water for better fruit production and to handle our heat!
- When transplanting your tomatoes into their permanent container, or space in the garden, remember to put your tomato cage or trellis on early so you aren’t fighting with it once it is more established!
Click through the tabs below to read about our suggestions for tomato fertilizers, soil amendments and tomato essentials!
Happy Frog Tomato & Vegetable Fertilizer
The nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium in this blend supply the nutrition necessary to support the vegetative and flowering stages of plant growth. This fertilizer also contains calcium which helps prevent blossom end rot and builds stronger cell walls, boosting the plant’s ability to resist disease.
Grow Big Liquid Plant Food
Get your garden going with Grow Big, this liquid concentrate fertilizer supports lush vegetative growth. The special brew is designed to enhance plant size and structure, allowing for more abundant fruit, flower, and bud development. It is formulated with a low pH to maintain stability in storage and keep micronutrients available.
Down to Earth Starter Mix
Down To Earth’s Starter Mix is the perfect way to get your delicate young starts and new seedlings in the ground and ready to thrive. The endomycorrhizal fungi ensure successful planting, expansive root development, and vigorous early growth.
Down to Earth Crab Meal
A byproduct of the West Coast crab harvest, Down To Earth’s Crab Meal 4-3-0 is a wonderful source of plant nutrients for vegetable gardens and repels nematodes! The coarse texture of Crab Meal is ideal for improving aeration, drainage, and overall soil tilth.
Down to Earth Oyster Shell
Oyster Shell is an all-natural and high-quality source of the essential plant nutrient calcium. Adding calcium to your soil helps prevent Blossom End Rot, a disease that renders your fruit inedible. These irregular shapes provide a sustained release of this valuable nutrient. Oyster Shell also aids in improving the structure of soils and building optimum tilth.
Once your tomato plant gets taller than 8 inches, its root system will need room to grow. We suggest using black grower’s pots as they are the most cost-effective, and portable option. You can find a variety of sizes on the Plant Care Shed porch!
Want a more colorful option? Rice Hull pots are also great for transplanting tomato starters! These pots are made from rich hulls and a starch binding agent which makes them compostable.
Tomato cages are essential in maintaining the structural integrity of your tomato plant. As it grows taller, you’ll want a sturdy structure that can support your plant. They also assist in keeping the plant’s fruit away from pests on the garden floor.
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Down to Earth Starter Mix
Down To Earth’s Starter Mix is the perfect way to get your delicate young starts and new seedlings in the ground and ready to thrive. The endomycorrhizal fungiensure successful planting, expansive root development and vigorous early growth.
Down to Earth Crab Meal
A byproduct of the West Coast crab harvest, Down To Earth’s Crab Meal 4-3-0 is a wonderful source of plant nutrients for vegetable gardens. The coarse texture of Crab Meal is ideal for improving aeration, drainage, and overall soil tilth.
Tomato Planting Basics