August 17, 2010
I am sooo looking forward to fall veggies – I am tired of okra! Even though it’s incredibly hot these days, now is a great time to begin planning for cooler temperatures and your fall garden. If you are just starting out, fall is a wonderful time to start a vegetable garden. As the temperatures cool down and as the bug pressure lessens, your vegetables will thrive. And with good planning, you can enjoy fresh vegetables throughout the winter. It’s a good idea to prepare your soil in September and begin planting starts or transplants you buy from the nursery in late September. Check out the Austin Organic Gardener’s planting calendar at this link to learn more about fall planting dates. But don’t let all the August planting dates scare you – I’ve learned that many of the vegetables that are sometimes planted in August tend to do better if planted in September when temperatures might be a bit cooler and there is more moisture. If you’d like a few more tips on getting started, I am giving a free talk on planning an edible landscape at the Natural Gardener on Saturday, August 28th at 9am. Hope to see you there! And of course, I am always available for individual consultation or installations at your home.