We transplated glass gem corn and tatume squash in our milpa mounds (also known as Three Sisters) this past Saturday. In a few weeks we will plant an heirloom variety of purple pole beans. The pole beans will climb the corn and help support it. The squash will start to vine out and protect the soil as the heat increases. Around the perimeter we planted Oaxaca Red Epazote (thanks for the donation thanks Danielle), Habanero Lemon peppers (thanks Sunshine Community Gardens ), Hopi Black Dye Sunflowers and Mexican Marigolds.
We will water weekly with fish emulsion fertilizer to encourage green growth. It is rich in nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, plus trace elements such as calcium, magnesium, sulfur, chlorine, and sodium.
As things warm up, we will use seaweed kelp to help de-stress. Liquid kelp fertilizer appears to be a miracle product when used on almost any plant:
🌊 Many fruits become sweeter
🦞 Veggies are less prone to softening and often grow larger
🐙 Increases flower production on flowering plants
🐠 Increases overall plant resilience to disease
🦑 Cut flowers stay fresh longer
🐚 Encourages root growth, both in rate and root massma
🍤Fruits and vegetables survive longer post-harvest if treated with seaweed fertilizer pre-harvest
This garden is inspired by our special guest from March, Sam Dixza Rugs & Organic Farm and the cloud people from central valley in Oaxaca, Mexico. The native people have been using this crop-growing system used throughout Mesoamerica for 10,000 years. If you missed Sam's talk last month, you can watch it here.
GROW WITH US
Austin Organic Gardeners member volunteer day at Zilker Botanical Gardens teaching gardens is every Saturday mornings from 9 to 11 a.m. Volunteering in the teaching garden is a safe way to social distance, get outdoors, and also learn how to organic garden. We are also looking for seed and plant donations so let us know if would like to contribute to the garden this way. Please email and let us know if you can grow with us.
Seed In or Transplant Leafy Greens, Cereals, and Herbs
We just passed the New Moon phase and are now approaching the First Quarter and are in Waxing Crescent. It’s a good time to plant leafy greens, cereal grains, and herbs that do well in heat. During the waxing of the moon (the period extending from the day the moon is new to the day it reaches its fullest point), the moon pulls moisture upwards. Seeds do well during this time because moisture is available at the surface of the soil. It’s always best to try to transplant and seed-in with the coming rains. Keep dancing for the rain that is in the forecast. As things cool back down this week, it will be a great time to plant these warm season greens, cereal grains, and herbs.
Seed-in or Transplant Warm Season Greens
Seed in Cereal Grains & Cover Crops
For the health of your soil, moisture retention, and to prevent weeds, keep your soil covered at all times with cover crops, compost and mulch. Bare soil invites weeds. Consider planting summer cover crops, such as buckwheat or black-eyed peas, or flax. Add compost, then mulch, to other bare soil areas. An inch or two of compost, and then two or three inches of mulch.
Transplant or Seed-in Herbs
A lot of herbs were damaged in the snow storm. If yours are not showing signs of life, here are some warm season herbs that can be transplanted.
For more ideas on Ornamentals, Perennials, and Herbs, visit the Central Texas Gardener and The Natural Gardener lists online. Download the Texas A&M Extension Planting Chart and Varieties Chart on our website.
Just in time for the April showers, comes our first video in our Spring Gardening Video Series. We will be sharing monthly tips from the teaching gardens at Zilker Botanical Gardens through the spring into early summer.