I finally got to map out my fall garden. That is one of the best things about gardening in Texas—you get more than one season to garden. This is the first year I have gotten to participate in a fall garden here in Austin and I am pumped how it might turn out … I heard a rumor that fall gardening is better than the spring.
The hot summers are always a little challenging when it comes to gardening. You get hot, the plants get hot, it doesn’t rain enough. While the rest of the nation is in primetime gardening, we almost are taking a break. Well at least I was.
This past weekend I worked hard at tearing down my tomato garden, which was starting to represent a tomato wasteland. Now I could have kept them and possibly gotten some more tomatoes, but they were taking too much room and I was over them. I did plant a little tomato plant in a different spot, but I am not sure I will get anything out of it … we’ll see.
After I tore out the tomatoes I tilled the soil where the tomatoes and onions had previously been and added some compost to spruce up the soil. If only fall planting meant that the temperatures would be dropping too … sadly I don’t consider 101 degrees fall weather.
I decided to add a little more space to my garden this season and planted some pumpkin and butternut squash in these empty beds close to our driveway. That way it gives them space to crawl out. And I didn’t have super great luck with squash this spring in the raised beds so I was thinking it couldn’t hurt.
So in went butternut squash seeds and pumpkin seeds. And I love that when I walked out of the garden yesterday I already saw the little pumpkin seedlings popping out! Again I am a little late for this undertaking, but I am okay if I even get a pumpkin in time for Christmas. Plus they were specifically requested by my husband.
I also planted a few butternut squash seeds where the tomatoes had been and will also add some root vegetables in the coming weeks to the same bed. In the other bed I have plans to go crazy with brassicas but they need the weather to cool off a little before they get planted. And I wanted to give my watermelons a little more time to prove me wrong and actually grow something. So far they have been duds and I am starting to think that back bed has issues.
The sweet potatoes are taking off and the peppers are still hanging on. I am hoping to keep the peppers alive throughout the winter and it might be possible if we have another mild winter again. They have been kind of gangly the whole time though so only time will tell.
In other news, my lime tree has been highly productive this year and I can’t even count the amount of limes on the tree. Last year I think I had two total and only one made it to the end, so this year is an exciting improvement!
Here goes to a new season of garden updates, can’t wait to share my progress!
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