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Fall gardening!

Posted by phyllisb2008 8 DFW ( on
Thu, Jul 4, 13 at 13:53

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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RE: Fall gardening!

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! :)

RE: Fall gardening!

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.

RE: Fall gardening!

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

RE: Fall gardening!

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

RE: Fall gardening!

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

RE: Fall gardening!

Gama_garden_tx, do i plant them (the list of veggies) directly in soil or inside the house in pods and then transfer?

RE: Fall gardening!

I am going to start mine in trays and then transplant. maybe the grasshoppers will die soon and I can plant em.

RE: Fall gardening!

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!


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