The first round of Fall planting has arrived for three of the largest cities in Texas and all spots in between! Here’s a list of what you need to get planted into your fall gardens asap if you want a Fall/Winter harvest. Plus a few tips to help nurture your sprouts all the way to your plate!
- Brussels Sprouts
Here’s a fantastic resource from The Old Farmer’s Almanac for all areas of Texas that will let you know what to plant when. It’s particularly helpful in letting you know what time to plant something, whether or not you should sow seeds indoors or out and when to harvest.
Did you know that proving a 3 inch covering of mulch can drastically cut your water needs? Potentially up to 50% and every little bit helps when drought is an issue. Don’t feel like you need to run out and buy expensive and heavy bags of mulch either. You can use your grass clippings, pine needles, or whatever general yard waste you have available. Be careful not to use something containing seeds that can sprout in your garden and cause you weed-related headaches.
Water your garden in the late evening hours or the early morning hours. Skew to the early morning hours to prevent potential root rot. Watering during these hours help prevent valuable water lost to evaporation.
Planting in raised garden beds can also help you be a little more water-wise. The raised beds are better at holding onto water than open soil can.
Installing drip irrigation will go a long way to conserve water and it has the added benefit of making your life easier in the long run. Drip systems can cut water usage dramatically because the water is going directly where it needs to be. In addition to being more efficient you can set your system up on a timer and then you never need to worry about getting to busy and not being able to water your little garden gems.
As far as when to water, check out this handy guide that will let you know the critical times for your plants’ water needs and how much to provide.
If you’ve been gardening for a while and you’ve discovered that certain plants grow well for you while others don’t then put that information to use. Perhaps you’re thumb is beet red with the success of your beet harvest and you’re green with envy when it comes to getting your broccoli to harvest. Unless you’re a true glutton for punishment scale back on the less than successful veg. You’re wasting money and driving yourself crazy. Maximize your success for crops and set up an exchange with your other garden friends to trade for variety.
Grow your herbs. It’s one of the most beneficial crops you can grow. Fresh herbs in the store can be pricey and are really cheap to grow. Plus, you can grow them year-round if you want with a mini indoor garden. They’re fragrant and can obviously enhance almost anything you cook.
Lastly, try something new. Grow a new crop or try a new method. Gardening should be fun and you should be discovering new things all the time.
Here’s the best way to prepare kale. Seriously. If you think you’ve got a better method please share in the comments below.
- Garlic Olive Oil
- Shredded Parmesan
- Crushed Red Pepper
- Sea Salt
Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Remove the kale leaf from the rib and rip into large pieces and toss into a large bowl. Lightly drizzle kale with garlic olive oil and massage kale to thoroughly coat with oil. Pour kale out onto a foil lined baking pan. Sprinkle very lightly with sea salt. Sprinkle with crushed red pepper to your taste. Sprinkle with shredded Parmesan moderately. Bake until slightly crispy.