Gardening has lengthy been the No. 1 interest in America, however the influence of COVID-19 in 2020 introduced renewed curiosity in vegetable gardening and rising meals at residence. That elevated curiosity continues at this time, and there are lots of within the Concho Valley in search of data on get a backyard began.
There are numerous totally different types and strategies for rising fruit and greens, nevertheless it’s necessary to have a robust understanding of the fundamentals and know what works finest in West Texas. Some might wish to until up a little bit of floor and hold it as cheap as attainable and others might favor to construct giant raised beds to assist with restricted mobility or to simply look engaging and match into the panorama design. Nevertheless you select to do it, begin by selecting a location with full solar, entry to water and well-drained soil. If the soil is heavy and compacted, until it up and incorporate compost. If constructing raised beds, guarantee they drain properly and fill with a high-quality prime soil.
The most cost effective option to get greens going is to start out from seed, however some greens are simpler to determine from a transplant. For instance, if beginning tomatoes or peppers from seed, plant in a seed beginning tray in a sunny home windows inside and punctiliously plant in pots as soon as germinated. Permit to develop within the pot till a sturdy root system kinds, then harden off by putting outdoors for per week or two earlier than planting within the backyard. Or buy wholesome, vigorous transplants from an area nursery or backyard heart.
Gardening doesn’t should be costly, however I do suggest investing in drip irrigation and mulch if attainable. Drip irrigation will make it a lot simpler to maintain vegetation wholesome and productive with much less effort and with out losing as a lot water as sprinklers. A battery timer will be added to make watering even simpler – program it to water as lengthy and as usually as wanted. Drip irrigation applies water extra slowly, so in contrast to sprinklers which could run for 20-Half-hour, drip irrigation needs to be left on for an hour or two. Mulch may even make an enormous distinction in plant well being – it should promote higher development, preserve water and cut back weeds.
Select crops that develop properly within the Concho Valley. For instance, blueberries and raspberries won’t develop simply or thrive with out distinctive effort, however blackberries work fairly properly. Additionally plant within the applicable season – warm-season vegetable like tomatoes, squash, okra and candy potatoes can’t deal with freezing temperatures. However tomatoes prefer it cooler within the spring and fall, whereas okra and candy potatoes love the warmth of summer season. Cool-season crops like spinach, broccoli, and lettuce needs to be planted within the fall by early spring.
There are many good assets on the market to assist get began, go to the web site https://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/vegetable/easy-gardening-series/ for useful guides on varied subjects. Additionally think about subscribing to the Concho Valley Horticulture Replace publication (https://tomgreen.agrilife.org/horticulture) to get articles on landscaping and gardening subjects, and discover out about native courses and academic alternatives. On Friday, July 15, we shall be providing a Lunch N Study class on fall vegetable gardening.
Allison Watkins is the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Agent for horticulture in Tom Inexperienced County. Contact her at [email protected]