September is just around the corner and it’s almost time for another round of vegetable planting. Texas is huge, it covers several different USDA planting zones so below you’ll find a couple of different plants you can start that should do just fine all the way up to harvest no matter what part of the state you live in. Fall is a fantastic time to start vegetables in Texas. The plants can start in nice hot soil and as the weather cools it doesn’t tax the plants and their bounty as they mature.
Broccoli matures to harvest in 60 days. This plant can be tolerant to both heat and frost so it’s a great option. There are broccoli plants that have more heat tolerance than others so try to seek those out. Some varieties are Packman, Marathon Hybrid, or Green Magic.
Go ahead and plant those carrot seeds in September. Once the soil begins to cool in your area those seeds will sprout and grow! Carrots are a great root vegetable that can be harvested even into winter down here in Texas.
Beet seeds can go into the ground in spring and summer pretty much throughout Texas. A general rule of thumb for beets is to get them in the ground at least two months before your first frost. For many parts of the state early September should work just fine.
Turnips mature to harvest in about 60 days and the fall crops are generally more tender and sweeter than ones planted earlier in the year. Perhaps it’s warm start and cooler finish. You may choose to grow turnips for the greens rather than the root. If you do grow turnips for the root consider planting a couple different varieties to stagger your harvest times.
If you’d like to grow Brussels sprouts, Texas A&M planting them between now and the beginning of October. You may want to start your seeds indoors to give them a head start and keep them out of the intense heat. Brussels Sprouts do well in raised garden beds.
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