2020 Spring Garden Plans

Timeline from ArborGate/Houston here.

January

  • Beet – 3-4th wk
  • Bok Choy – 3rd or 4th week
  • Cabbage inside
  • Lettuce – 3-4th week
  • Mustard
  • Red Potato sets
  • Radish
  • Spinach
  • Tomatoes inside

February

  • Carrots – Danvers 126, 1st week
  • Beet – 1-2nd wk
  • Bok Choy – 3-4th week
  • Cabbage transplant
  • Dill
  • Lettuce
  • Mustard
  • Red Potato sets 1-2nd week
  • Radish
  • Spinach – 1st-2nd week

March

  • Plant dill seeds

April

Fruit Trees – Apply zinc sulfate as a foliar spray and nitrogen. See 2018 soil test report.

May


Statistically derived for the chance of frost on or after the date for spring planting in Mississippi from here.

Coastal District90%50%10%
Biloxi25-Jan20-Feb18-Mar
Gulfport29-Jan22-Feb17-Mar

Periwinkle – Vinca

Plant Cora periwinkle from seed. Disease resistant to the common fungal disease. Good advice here and here.

Carrots

Trish has enjoyed great and consistent success, however, with Carrot (Daucus carota subsp. sativus ‘Danvers Half Long’) [National Gardening, SE of Dallas, zone 8B]. Burpee’s is Danvers 126

Corn

From 2019 Soil Test Report: “For corn in home gardens on sandy soils apply 1 tablespoon zinc sulfate per 100 ft. of row.

Glass Gem Corn – https://www.johnnyseeds.com/vegetables/corn/glass-gem-corn-seed-3765.html?cgid=corn

Cucumber

Poinsett 876 planted last year did well and is recommended here for its disease resistance.

Eureka Hybrid Cucumber Recommended by IFAS

Uniform, crisp fruits are very green from the earliest stages, making this a marvelous pickling variety when fruits are 1-1/2 to 5″ long. Harvest for salads when tiny, or at any stage up to full maturity at 7 inches. Monoecious and virtually trouble-free. Excellent disease resistance. Best grown on a fence or trellis for easy harvest.

Dill

Dill gives good results when planted in February and March. The variety ‘Long Island Mammoth’ is suggested for Florida.

Okra

  • Plant Okra one-row wide so you do not have to walk between them.
  • Plant seed saved from last year’s Cajun Jewell Okra.

Lettuce

  • Begin lettuce production early and keep it going later in the season by planting tall vegetables in north-south rows and plant heat-resistant lettuce underneath the leaf canopy so that it is shaded during the hottest portion of the day. Corn planted in rows 4 feet apart or pole beans on a fence or trellis is ideal. Interplanting lettuce with bush squash also gives good results.
  • Direct sow lettuce in the garden 4 weeks before the average last frost date when the soil temperature is at least 35°. Plant first week of Feb.

Mustard

  • Plant 1st week of Feb
  • Mustard prefers a soil pH of 5.5 to 6.8.

Potatoes

Potato Ideas from NE Texas – Yukon Gold and Viking Purple

Radishes

Plant the seeds ½ inch deep and try to keep them about an inch apart in the row. Once the seeds have been placed to fill up a row, cover them lightly with the loose garden soil, plant the next row in the same manner. When all done, sprinkle the row or rows lightly with water enough to settle things in, but not soaked to the point of becoming muddy. Remember to sprinkle lightly with water, as watering too hard can wash the seeds right up out of the soil they were just planted in. Read more at Gardening Know How: How To Grow A Radish 

Spinach

  • Samish – Great disease resistance per TexasGardener. Not in the IFAS list.
  • Per https://harvesttotable.com/how_to_grow_spinach/
    • Refrigerate seeds 1 week before sowing to help germination.
    • Plant spinach seed ½ inch deep. Cover seed lightly with soil.
    • Sow seed 2 to 4 inches apart.
    • Sow 4 weeks before last frost date; i.e. 1st week of Feb
    • Plant varieties that tolerate warm soil temperatures: Black Seeded Simpson, Progress, Great Lakes, Imperial 615.

Summer Squash

Plant fungus-resistant varieties. For info:

Sweet Potatoes

Growing Sweet Potatoes at Home by MSUES

Thyme, German Winter

  • Germination when temps are 60-75°F, 14-30 days.
  • Transplant when 8 in. tall. Space 12 in. apart.
  • Reaches 10 in. to 12 in. high
  • Shrubby, evergreen perennial.
  • See Burpee for good advice
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