Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Aunt Debbi's 2010 Fall Garden Plan

I love my fall garden. Here in north Texas, the fall garden is easier and a lot less crispy than the summer garden. There are also a fewer bugs. DIE MOSQUITOES DIE. Sorry, I got distracted.

All the newby gardeners contact me in the spring. I really wish they would start in the fall. They would probably be more successful and more likely to stick with it in the future. Of course, there is the problem of finding the plants and seeds at this time of year. It does seem like the larger companies are getting a little better about carrying the correct plants for the fall season. There are also some fantastic mail order and online sources.

Just a couple of weeks ago, I was completely burned out (literally) on gardening. The cooler weather and a little more rain have made all the difference. Today I bought broccoli, cabbage, and collard plants along with 16 packets of seeds. I also purchased a few more tomatoes. I usually get a great big bonus crop of green tomatoes in the fall just before it freezes. Then I beg for recipes on the internet. This year, with any lucky, will be no different. These purchases along with the seeds I have saved and the seeds that my internet gardening friends have shared will help me create a pretty impressive fall garden.

Yesterday, I made the Monkeys, AKA Manimals, help me clean out the garden. There was a bunch of complaining, a little bit of wandering off and a fake heat stroke. Any bets on wether or they will be bellyaching when they are chowing down on sweet fresh broccoli? Well, if they eat too much, there might be an actual bellyache or some smelly fumes.

Here is the veggie roster
1. Tomtoes - yellow pear, Turk's mutt, Early Girl, Roma, Better Bush, and six Celebrity plants. If there is an early freeze, I will cry.
2. Broccoli
3. Collards
4. Cabbage
5. Swiss Chard
6. Redbor Kale
7. Six kinds of lettuce
8. Garlic
9. Onions
10. Cilantro
11. Scarlet Nantes Carrots
12. Spinach
13. Radishs
14. Beets
15. Snow and Sugar Snap Peas
16. One more round of cucumbers. Again, if we have an early freeze I will cry.
17. Nasturtium.
18. Fall potatoes if the seed potatoes put out sprouts. If not, I'll wait until spring.
19. Mustard
20. Leeks

If you live in north, east, or central Texas and want to start gardening, now is the time.