Delicious Heirloom Sweet Melon from Experimental Garden Plot at Garland Community Garden – July 8, 2017

The Garland Community Garden thrives thanks to all the rain we’ve had in June (and even moving into July toward the mid mark of this month too).

It’s time to start thinking about that fall/winter garden? I know because I got the July information from Rohde's, a fantastic local organic nursery here in Garland, Texas.  Rohdes is located

Do you believe it!  We can still plant watermelon here in Garland—all the way up to August 9th.  Below is an excerpt from Rohde's July Calendar

The following are normally planted beginning in July and August or later for the fall crop.
Dates are for seeds unless specified: S=Seed, T=Transplants.


Fall Planting


Artichoke (Globe) (Cynara scolymus)

Aug 1 (S)
Oct 1 (T)


Beans, Lima Bush (Phaseolus limensis var. limenanus)

Jul 26 - Aug 31


Beans, Lima Pole (Phaseolus limensis)

Aug 15 - Sep 20


Beans, Pinto (Phaseolus vulgaris)

Aug 1 - Sep 20


Beans, Snap Bush (Phaseolus vulgaris var. humilis)

Aug 1 - Sep 20


Beans, Snap Pole (Phaseolus vulgaris)

Jul 26 - Aug 31


Beans, Yellow Bush (Phaseolus vulgaris var. humilis)

Aug 1 - Sep 20


Beets (Beta vulgaris)

Sep 6 - Sep 30


Broccoli (Brassica oleracea var. botrytis), plants

Jul 26 - Sep 6 (S)
Aug 20 - Sep 15 (T)


Brussels Sprouts (Brassica oleracea)

Aug 9 - Sep 6 (S)
Aug 20 - Sep 15 (T)


Cabbage (Brassica oleracea var. capitata), plants

Jul 26 - Sep 6 (S)
Aug 20 - Sep 15 (T)


Cabbage, Chinese (Brassica pekinensis)

Aug 9 - Aug 23 (S)
Aug 23 - Sep 15 (T)


Cantaloupe Muskmelon (Cucumis melo var. cantalupensis)

Jun15 - Aug 9


Carrot (Daucus carota var. sativus)

Aug 9 - Sep


Cauliflower (Brassica oleracea var. botrytis), plants

Jul 26 - Sep 6 (S)
Aug 20 - Sep 15 (T)


Celeriac (Apium graveolens var. Rapaceum) Grown like celery

Mid, Late Summer(T)


Celery (Apium graveolens var. dulce)

Mid, Late Summer(T)


Chard, Swiss (Beta vulgaris var. cicla)

Jul 26 - Sep 15


Collards (Brassica oleracea var. acephala)

Aug 23 - Sep 20


Corn, Sweet (Zea mays var. saccharata)

Aug 1 - Aug 23


Cucumber, Pickling (Cucumis sativus)

Aug 1 - Sep 6


Cucumber, Slicing (Cucumis sativus)

Aug 1 - Sep 6


Eggplant (Solanum melongena var. esculentum)

Jun 15 - Jul 1 (S)
Jul 1 - Aug 23 (T)


Garlic (Allium sativum)

Sep 15 - Oct 18


Tyfon Or Holland Greens (hybrid of Chinese cabbage x stubble turnip)

Aug 25 - Oct 1


Kale (Brassica oleracea var. acephala)

Aug 15 - Oct 15


Kohlrabi (Brassica oleracea var. gongylodes)

Jul 26 - Aug 23


Leeks (Allium ampeloprasum var. porrum ), seeds

Sep 10 - Oct 1 (S)
Oct 1 - Nov 1 (T)


Lettuce, Butterhead (Lactuca sativa)

Aug 9 - Oct 15


Lettuce, Cos or Romaine (Lactuca sativa)

Aug 9 - Oct 15


Lettuce, Head (Lactuca sativa)

Aug 9 - Oct 15


Lettuce, Leaf (Lactuca sativa)

Aug 9 - Oct 15


Mustard (greens) (Brassica juncea)

Jul 26 - Sep 6


Okra (Abelmoschus esculentus)

Jul 26 - Aug 23


Onion, Bulbing (Allium cepa)
    Seeds/Transplants (Slips) for this year bulbs

Sep 1 - Oct 15 (S)
N.R. (T)


Onion, Bunching [Scallions] (Allium cepa)
    Seeds/Transplants (Sets) for scallions this year

Sep 1 - Oct 15 (S,T)


Parsley (Petroselinum crispum)

Jul 26 - Oct 4


Parsnip (Pastinaca sativa)

May - Jun


Peas, English (Pisum sativum)

Aug 23 - Nov 1


Peas, Southern (Vigna unguiculata var. unguiculata)

Jul 1 - Sep 6


Pepper, Hot (Capsicum annuum var. longum)

Jul 1 - Aug 23


Pepper, Bell (Capsicum annuum var. grossum)

Jul 1 - Aug 23


Potato, Irish (Solanum tuberosum), seed

Jul 26 - Aug 9


Pumpkin (Cucurbita pepo var. pepo)

Lrg: Jun 15 - Jul 15
Sml: Jul 15 - Aug 15


Radish (Raphanus sativus)

Sep 20 - Nov 15


Rutabaga (Brassica napus var. napobrassica)

Aug 1 - Oct 15


Salsify (Tragopogon pratensis)

Maybe Sep or Fall


Shallots (Allium cepa var. aggregatum) (like onions)

Sep 1 - Oct 15 (S,T)


Spinach (Spinacia oleracea)

Jul 26 - Nov 1


Spinach, Malabar (Basella alba) vine



Spinach, New Zealand (Tetragonia tetragonoides)

50 to 70 days to
plant till Aug 15.


Squash, Summer (Cucurbita pepo var. melopepo)

Aug 1 - Aug 23


Squash, Zucchini (Cucurbita pepo)

Aug 1 - Aug 23


Squash, Winter (Cucurbita moschata)

Jul 1 - Aug 23


Tomatoes, Large-Fruited (Lycopersicon esculentum)

Jul 1 - Aug 23


Tomatoes, Small-Fruited (L. esculentum var. cerasiforme)
& Tomatillo (Physalis ixocarpa)

Jul 1 - Aug 23


Turnip (Brassica rapa var. rapifera)

Aug 1 - Nov 1


Watermelon (Citrullus lanatus)

Jun 15 - Aug 9



Other Helpful Information from Rohdes about Gardening in North Texas in July

Spider Mites

Summer heat means spider mite weather. They cause the leaves to mottle with brown spots that eventually dry out and die. There will be small spider webs in nooks and crannies of the plants. Howard Garrett’s contention is spider mites attack only sick plants. Summer heat may stress them enough to make them vulnerable. This is the reason to replace some spring crops with fall crops in July or August. Improper plant hydration is another main cause of vulnerability. Too little watering or over watering where the roots don’t have enough oxygen and rot, both prevent water from moving up into the plant. Squirting spider mites off with a hose may be enough. Don’t spray them off on to something else in your garden though. Howard Garrett says to spray first with garlic/pepper tea and/or Kelp Extract every three days for nine days. Insecticidal soaps would be next thing to try. Plant oils and Citrus oil sprays can be used but only if the other treatments are not adequate. The oils are more likely to harm the plants in the heat if temperatures are over 85 degrees, and affect beneficial insects. Spray in the evening. If these efforts don’t work and the plants are under proper organic care, they may not be the right plants for the conditions.


Note:  the key to identifying an iron deficiency is that while the leaves are yellow, it will have dark green veins.

Summer heat stressed plants will often show an iron deficiency condition called chlorosis. Grass, leaves, and other foliage will turn yellow with darker green veins. The cause is our high pH clay soil that chemically binds iron and magnesium nutrients needed to make chlorophyll for photosynthesis. Treatments include liquid iron chelated foliar sprays (fastest), iron sulfate granules (Copperas), or Greensand soil dressing (slowest). High compost content to the soil will lower the pH and be a more permanent solution. Mix 2-4 inches of compost into bare soil or top dress lawns with a half an inch of compost on a regular bases. Aeration of lawns helps also.



Rohde’s Organic Plant Nursery

This eco-conscious garden center carries native plants and organic products such as fertilizer and pet food.

Address: 1651 Wall Street, Garland Texas 75041

Phone; 972-864-1934

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