Fall Gardening in Texas
The end of September might be too late in most of the United States to finish planting your fall garden, but not here. My children and I finally got the last row made and planted this week. We are going to plant onions later in October, but other than that we are done with the preparation/planting phase.
We are looking forward to fresh cabbage and Swiss chard. My oldest son hates broccoli, but he loves to eat freshly grown broccoli. He is right; the latter tastes much better. In addition to those wonderful vegetables, we have planted carrots, lettuce and spinach. We have also planted two vegetables that we have never grown before. We planted leeks, which is the main ingredient in a soup my husband loves. We also planted kale.
As much as we are anticipating eating our fresh produce, we are excited about trying kale and leeks from our own garden. It is fun to experiment and expand your repertoire. We usually try to pick one or more new vegetables to try each gardening season.
If you have any suggestions for fall or spring vegetables that you think my family would enjoy, please let me know via email or by making a comment below. We always appreciate your advice.
I was pleased when I went to our feed store to find a good selection of heritage seeds. To me, it just shows that the demand for these seeds has grown. Of course there are other ways to purchase these seeds. Seed Savers Exchange and Southern Exposure Seed Exchange are two catalog companies that specialize in Heirloom and Heritage seeds. Sign up on their sites to receive their catalogs. Of course, there are other seed companies. Trying to find one for your region would be ideal.
Gardening in the fall is my favorite. The sun does not bake you or your plants. It is a pleasure to work outside in this weather. Our winter is usually mild. The vegetables that we raise are pretty hardy. We simply cover them up with old hay when a frost or freeze is coming in order to protect them.
So if you live in this region, you still have time to plant. It is not too late. I just wouldn’t tarry too long. Find out for yourselves how pleasant a fall garden in Texas can be.