I hope everyone enjoyed last weekend’s rain. I’ve heard varying totals from sprinkles to 4 inches. All amounts are appreciated.

Now that the soil has been wetted let’s consider planting fall vegetables. 

The following chart can be found at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extention’s website and details the specifics of what and when to plant.

The first step to any garden bed is removal of weeds. Digging them out is the most effective method. This is especially true if you have Bermuda grass. 

Tilling the soil without digging out the root crown of the Bermuda will guarantee its return. Once you have removed all weeds you’ll need to amend the soil. New beds as well as existing beds need the addition of compost and if you have clay soil also turn in equal parts of expanded shale for optimum drainage. 

Once these tasks have been accomplished you are ready to plant. Garden center shelves are now being stocked with fall vegetables. Timing is essential. 

Once you have selected and purchased your plants get them into the ground as soon as possible. Provide late afternoon shade protection for a few weeks until their roots become established and water often. 

As always I encourage you to try something new. This year I’m growing Brussel sprouts for the first time. I’ve discovered fresh Brussel sprouts are amazing. Happy gardening.

For more information, visit txmg.org/johnson or aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu.

 

Carolyn Neff of Grandview is a volunteer for Texas AgriLife Extension and a Johnson County Master Gardener.

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