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Fall Gardening in Central Texas at the Ranch

October 2nd, 2012 by Pamela Murski

 

Fall Gardening

Here at the ranch we love the tips and advice we get from our specialist,  the Horticulturist at the Hill (aka: Henry Flowers at Festival Hill)  With Fall just around the corner and hopefully the Texas heat beginning to abate, it is a great time of year to plant the following:

September is a great month to begin to sow seeds for fall and winter plants. It’s time to start vegetables such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, beets, turnips, and such. We usually start vegetables such as lettuce, kale, and chard in October or November, but if you love them you may want to try them earlier. You never know. If you act quickly you may even be able to get some new tomato plants for fall – but don’t procrastinate – do it now.

Herbs such as parsley, cilantro, and fennel can also be started now. Remember that the fall is also a great time to plant perennial herbs such as thyme, lavender, rosemary, and oregano. They’ll establish good root systems over the winter and be ready for the heat of next summer.

Another project that is good for September is to give all of your roses a light pruning (not harder pruning as in spring) so that the plants will have a nice shape. This will also induce new growth and a good flush of blooms later in the spring. Remember that this recommendation is also for spring blooming roses. Shaping them now will make them look nice in the spring – when you don’t want to prune them. The flower buds on these roses must go through the cold of winter in order to bloom. If you cut them off in the spring then you know what happens – no blooms!

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