We know it was chilly outside last week, but that’s Texas spring weather for you! It’s warming right back up and that means you need to get to sowing your summer garden.
Now’s the time to start adding summer harvest crops to the vegetable garden. We happen to have some really interesting and unusual varieties you might want to try this season:
Want to make your own hibiscus tea? Plant seeds of the Thai Red Roselle hibiscus and you’ll be on your way! These beautiful hibiscus plants produce striking red stems and leaf veins. The red calyxes of the flowers are used to make a tangy tea.
The flowers are also edible whole. Plants grow to a good 5-feet tall and several feet wide so be prepared to give plants plenty of space, or grow in large containers. Direct sow into a sunny garden now.
Okra is definitely a southern staple, but you may never have seen it this way: Orange! We’ve managed to get a hold of seeds of a beautiful Asian okra called ‘Jing Orange’. Okra plants are already beautiful, with their yellow hibiscus-like blooms:
This unique variety steps it up a notch with bright orange-red fruit. Harvest fruit when they reach 6-7”. Beautiful! Direct seed into a sunny garden now.
Everyone knows everything is bigger, and hotter, in Texas! If you’re on a quest to grow the hottest of hot peppers you’ll definitely want to check out the Bhut Jolokia pepper, also known as Ghost Pepper:
This pepper is thought to be the hottest pepper in the world, having twice the heat of the hottest Habanero. We have seeds of this unique pepper in stock now and they can be direct sown into the sunny garden. Consume with caution!
Squash lovers will want to get their hands on seeds of the Red Kuri squash, also known as Hokkaido or baby red Hubbard squash:
This small heirloom is known for its reliable yield, even in cool short seasons. The teardrop shaped fruit grows to 3 to 4 pounds and the skin is a beautiful deep orange color. Direct seed into the sunny garden now and be sure to keep watering to the base of the plants.
We have plenty of potted veggie and herb transplants ready now so be sure to stop by and chat with our garden advisors about your edible garden options.