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Fall Gardening

Fall is a great time of year to garden. You don’t have to deal with the extreme heat (always a problem here in Texas), the pests and weeds are more manageable, and it’s a great excuse to get out of the house. 

What to Plant

  • broccoli
  • strawberries
  • carrots
  • onions
  • garlic
  • cabbage
  • kale
  • cilantro
  • Swiss chard
  • cauliflower
  • kohlrabi
  • green onions
  • beets
  • bok choy
  • spinach
  • lettuce

Watering

The Fall garden also requires substantially less water. We often won’t water at all the whole season.

Weeds

The weed pressure is reduced as well. I will often pull a weed here or there while I’m harvesting, but its never more than a few minutes worth of work.

Pests

We also rarely use any pesticides or fertilizers. Our pest control management of choice is a barrier method. We spread wedding tulle over baby plants when we put them in. If we have a real problem come up, usually it will be caterpillar related and easily treated with a Bt product. Bt is biological pesticide. I have found that the liquid products are not affective after about 6 months after being opened. The powder form seems to have a much longer shelf life. 

Frost Protection

We keep a close eye on the weather and cover our plants when they are threatened by a freeze. We’ve been using 6 mil plastic sheeting to cover the plants, as well as old sheets. I definitely prefer the old sheets as the plastic does not allow rain to penetrate. I will be scouting the resale shops to build up my supply of sheets for this purpose.  

Spring Planning

This is also the time of year you will find me combing the seed catalogs planning my Spring planting. After taking stock of my current seeds, I decide which seeds need to be ordered. It is a lot of fun reading colorful catalogs full of the promises of a bountiful harvest. We also start our tomatoes, eggplant, basil and pepper seeds at this time. We will up-plant them at least once before planting them outside in March. Check out our video showing how we do that. Let the count down to Spring begin!