Welcome to the lazy dog days of summer. Even though Houston temperatures are approaching the triple digits, it’s time to prepare and plant your fall vegetable garden! Did you know that many fall-grown vegetables have better flavor than other seasonal vegetables? Since the days are shorter, many vegetable crops store more sugar, which enhances the flavor. Once established, weeding, watering and tending will all take place in cooler, less humid conditions.
Prepare your soil much like in the spring. Add at least three inches of organic compost and three inches of Expanded Shale to the garden. Select vegetables your family likes and choose from transplants or seeds. Apply Calloway’s Organic Fertilizer or Lasting Performance timed-release plant food. Also, remember to continue feeding your garden on a regular schedule. Complete the planting by adding two-to three inches of mulch to maintain moisture, help prevent weeds and maintain moderate soil temperatures.
Vegetable options for a fall garden include tomatoes, peppers, snap beans, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrots and lettuce. Keep your garden well-watered until fall rains begin. Once everything is planted, sit back and enjoy a second growing season!
For more fall gardening tips, information or to become a member of the Garden Club, visit Cornelius Nursery at www.mytexasgarden.com. Success in the garden made fun and easy at Cornelius Nursery!