Thursday, November 7, 2013

Fall Vegetable Gardening Resources

Fall is finally here in East Texas, heralded by leaves dancing through the air on their descent to the lawn.  Though Fall greatly limits what vegetables can be sown throughout the US, here we still have a wide variety that thrive.  Did you know many varieties of tomatoes can be used as Spring and Fall crops here?  Amazing!  Today I've included a look at what I have chosen to sow this Fall, along with some helpful links for more information.  Bear in mind that my garden gets partial shade from nearby structures and mature trees, which may somewhat shelter plants from too much sun or hard freezes.
 raised bed I
Top Left: strawberry and arugula
Top Right: failed spinach, replaced with purple kale
Middle Section: mesculun lettuces
Bottom Left: green onion seedlings
Bottom Right: chives
raised bed II
 Top Left: basil
Top Right: culinary thyme
Middle Section: Swiss chard and this Spring's kale
Bottom Section: kale seedlings
 in-ground side bed
On the left are straggling lettuces.  In the back are potatoes and strawberries.  The middle has sad little beets that keep getting beaten senseless by rain, as well as a few brave cilantro and leek seedlings.  The right strip off-camera is half-full of carrot seedlings. This bed I show you reluctantly and in small scale, because I am embarrassed by my own laziness in wasting so much garden space.  But I have 3 small kids, for crying out loud.  
Moving on!

If you live in East Texas, your USDA growing zone is 8a.  Here are a few very helpful links to aid you in planning and planting your Fall garden:
East Texas Search Engine (to help you choose varieties of vegetables that thrive best in our unique region)

As the leaves pile up on the ground, remember to mulch them with your mower or blower, then use as mulch around your plants and add it to your compost.  Bag extra mulched leaves for year-round free mulch!  I shall now leave you with a few close-up photographs taken today from the garden.  Enjoy!
 mesculun lettuces
 marigolds (volunteers from the seed of last year's)

What are you growing this Fall?

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