Fall gardening!

phyllisb2008(8 DFW)July 4, 2013

I would like to do a fall garden this year so I need some ideas so tell me what does good in the Dallas area other than Peppers and Tomatoes and when should I plant? I have 3 Artichokes that go in the ground around October I was told. All advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Lots of stuff can be started (from seed) now:

Mustard greens
Spinach (may need shade cloth now)
Lettuce (may need shade cloth now)

Pretty much anything you would start in the spring can be grown as a 2nd crop for fall in TX, including cucumbers. If you start them from seedlings now. For starting from seeds, now is a great time to start the seeds for the winter garden like the ones mentioned in the list.

July/August is the time to start seeds in TX for fall/winter crop. Some delicate crops like lettuce may need a shade cloth for a couple of months so they don't fry. Break out all the seeds leftover from the spring & plant! :)

    Bookmark   July 5, 2013 at 1:17PM
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I'm interested in trying rutabagas this fall. I live in Houston. Anyone know if rutabagas can be successfully grown this far south and if so, when to start them? I have researched planting times in Harris County but don't find much on rutabagas, just turnips and collards.

    Bookmark   July 6, 2013 at 2:26AM
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phyllisb2008(8 DFW)

It seems like rutabagas would be the same as turnips. Some years the turnips are good and some years hot and hard as a brick

    Bookmark   July 6, 2013 at 3:46PM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

I grew rutabaga over last winter. I will be planting soon. The agrilife says planting turnips happens mid september in Travis County.

    Bookmark   July 7, 2013 at 1:21PM
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phyllisb2008(8 DFW)

I love the greens and they do very well all winter.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2013 at 4:53PM
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Gama_garden_tx, do i plant them (the list of veggies) directly in soil or inside the house in pods and then transfer?

    Bookmark   July 25, 2013 at 11:49AM
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I am going to start mine in trays and then transplant. maybe the grasshoppers will die soon and I can plant em.

    Bookmark   July 25, 2013 at 2:28PM
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I find that starting "cole crop" (winter veggies) seedlings indoors under my fluorescent lights gives me several advantages over direct sowing outside:
1. I have a terrible pillbug population and a seedling doesn't stand a chance

2. Growing indoors gives me a larger seedling to plant out, especially the broccs and cauliflowers which should go out with about 5-8 true leaves.

3. I can work with the temperature timing much better starting seeds indoors. Last season, I transplanted the broccs and caulis outdoors in mid-September, and it was still too hot for them. They struggled until the temps dipped below 70 degrees. This season, I can time the seed sowing better, so the temps will already be cool by them time I transplant out. They'll take of like bottle rockets once they feel that chill outdoors!

4. Starting seeds indoors is just plain FUN for me!


    Bookmark   August 9, 2013 at 12:44PM
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