When most people think of gardening, they think of spring and fall, the cooler months. However, there are plants which can be planted in the heat of the summer in Houston, Texas.
If it’s veggies you’re looking to plant, the ones with large seeds such as squash, like spaghetti squash (also referred to as summer squash or butternut squash), zucchini, and pumpkin do well in heat. Winter squash will also grow in the summer, despite being called winter squash. Tomatoes, peppers (most varieties), and even melons can be grown during this time of the year, and can be direct seeded in June. Herbs such as basil and thyme thrive in the high temperatures, as well, given they have plenty of shade.
If it’s flowers you’re looking to plant, there a few flowers that do well in the high heat, too. Texas sage, Mexican oregano, Australian violet, zinnia, and petunias are just a few flowers that are able to live through the hot summers.
Of course, these plants won’t live just by being popped into the ground and having a sufficient amount of water every day. There are a few things you’ll need to do to help them survive. Using heat-resistant plants helps of course, but they will also need a good fertilizer (organic or inorganic), shade from the high heat of the day (which is about 3 PM to 5 PM in the summer), and a mulch (organic or inorganic) to help control the temperature.
There are a variety of plants that can grow at all times of the year. Plants are often resilient, so don’t panic when they start to die. Internet has made it possible to research your plant, common problems other people have had with it, and even further tips to help nurse it back to health.
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