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Fall Home Gardening Tips

It's that time of year where temperatures will slowly begin getting cooler. With the unpredictable weather, we should prepare our gardens for the possibility of a frost within the coming months.

Most gardeners plant vegetables in the spring, but in Texas it is possible to plant veggies in the fall as well, with just a few tweaks.

Fall crops tend to do better when started from transplants than from seeds. Transplants should always be used when growing tomatoes and peppers!

When gardening in the fall, groups the plants together according to their frost tolerance. Plant frost-tolerant vegetables together, as well as frost-susceptible plants together. This will make it easier to remove them if there happens to be a frost that kills them.

Frost-Tolerant
Plants include:

  • Beet
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Carrot
  • Cauliflower
  • Chard
  • Collard
  • Garlic
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Mustard
  • Onion
  • Parsley
  • Spinach
  • Turnip

Frost-Susceptible
Plants include:

  • Bean
  • Cantaloup
  • Corn
  • Cucumber
  • Eggplant
  • Okra
  • Pea
  • Peppers
  • Irish potato
  • Sweet potato
  • Squash
  • Tomato
  • Watermelon

Frost-Susceptible Soils:

  • Clays, Sands and Silts

Watering

Do not water lightly several times a week, that will cause poor root development or drown the plant. Instead, water thoroughly, soaking the soil to a depth of 6 inches, and only when the plants need it. An inch or two of water applied once a week is usually enough for most vegetable gardens in Texas.

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