WHAT TO PLANT (time to start that fall garden!)
Seed in Ground: beans (pole and bush), cantaloupes, corn, cucumbers, honeydew, melons, okra, peppers, pumpkin, summer squash, tomatoes, watermelon
WHAT TO DO
- Set out fall tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants late this month – if transplanting. Otherwise, sow directly into garden.
- Sow pumpkins for Halloween.
- Clean up the garden, then mulch the bare soil to conserve moisture.
- Mulch perennials and new trees with a layer of compost topped with bark mulch.
- Replenish mulches around plants to keep weeds down and conserve moisture.
- Don’t overstimulate dormant plants with unnecessary water or feeding; they’ll resume growth when the weather cools.
- Tend the compost pile so it will be ready to work into the soil in preparation for fall planting.
- Set out ageratums, balsam (Impatiens balsamina), cockscomb, croton, feverfew, marigolds, petunias, wild blue phlox (Phlox divaricata), pinks (Dianthus spp.), portulaca and vinca (Catharanthus roseus).
- Pray for rain.
- Work compost into beds, then plant fall crops of peppers and eggplant.
- Check your drip irrigation system to ensure no leaks and no malfunctions.
- Read through The Guide to Starting a Fall Garden, by Extension Horticulturists in San Antonio and Uvalde.