Time To Start Planning Your Fall Garden
Now that the temperatures have started to fall (at least in the evenings), I thought I’d take the opportunity to write about fall vegetable gardening.
As the day time temperatures fall so too does the temperatures of our soils that have been baking all summer in our Central Texas heat. The previous spring’s crops along with the summer heat have beaten down and depleted the soils of key nutrients of all sorts. If you planted and harvested a spring crop, it’s best to start with a good layer of compost in the fall. Cow or Turkey manure both work nicely as does composted rice hulls to add acidity. I like to make my gardening as easy as possible so every fall and spring I order a load of Thunder Garden soil from Geo Growers.
What to plant:
I like to plant a combination of “six-pack” or 4” transplants of cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, and tomatoes (short season varieties work best). I also plant seeds of radishes, lettuces, beets, kohlrabi, and spinach. Now is the time to plant garlic as well. First soak the garlic in sea weed extract to kill pathogens that might be present.
If you live in an apartment or condo and don’t have a yard to install a vegetable garden in but you have sunlight available somewhere on your property, try your hand at square foot gardening. Suggested crops for a smaller garden include: cut and come again lettuces, baby romaines, chives, herbs (oregano, thyme), baby potatoes, garlic, baby carrots, baby radishes, baby beets, cherry tomatoes (patio varieties), baby spinach, and kale.