It seems just a bit strange in the middle of the summer to think about fall planting and what my family will be eating fresh from the garden this October and even Thanksgiving. Yet, if I want to be ahead of the ball, I really should begin my fall garden now and go ahead and send off for those seeds.
Another thing to think about is that some fall crops will not have time to mature before winter sets in, so to have a harvest, I will need transplants. (I already have my tomato and pepper transplants in the ground for harvest later in the fall.) Also, keep in mind that if you are growing from seed for later transplanting, it can take 4-6 weeks until the plant is ready to transplant. So, if you have a transplant date of 9/1, for example, it’s time to get those seeds started now!
As July winds down, here are some important vegetable planting dates for Central Texas to keep in mind:
Broccoli from seed for transplanting 9/1
Cauliflower from seed for transplanting 9/1
Spinach from seed for transplanting 9/1
Now Through the First Week of August:
Plant your winter squash, you don’t have much time left
Plant another round of cucumbers
Now Through the Second Week of August:
Transplant those pepper plants (it’s too late to start from seed)
Transplant those tomato plants (it’s too late to start from seed)
Plant another round of sweet corn if you’ve got the space
By End of August:
Plant summer squash varieties (zucchini, yellow, etc.)
By Beginning of September:
Plant another round of snap or lima beans
Also on the horizon:
Carrots can be started September 1st
Snap and snow peas in Mid-September
Garlic, cool weather greens, lettuce, spinach , shallots and turnips all on horizon the last week of September.
What are your plans for a fall garden?