In the Garden: September.

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WHAT TO PLANT

  • Seed in Ground: arugulasnap bush beans (early), beets, broccoli (early), brussels sprouts (early), broccoli, cabbage (early), carrots, cauliflower (early), chard, cilantro, collards, carrots, cucumber (early), dill, kohlrabi (early), leaf lettuce, mustard greens, onion sets, parsley, potato (early), radish, spinach, summer squash (mid), turnips
  • Start Indoors: bok choi, kale, leeks, head lettuce
  • Transplant: broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, Swiss chard, cucumbers, kale, leeks, head lettuce, summer squash

Southern Exposure Seed Exchange’s Quick Reference to Fall/Winter Vegetable Gardening.

WHAT TO DO

  • Surround transplanted vegetables (that enjoy colder temperatures) with a thick mulch to cool the soil.
  • Plant pansies, stock (Matthiola incana), snapdragons, sweet alyssum (Lobularia maritima), Johnny-jump-ups (Viola tricolor), and pinks (Dianthusspp.).
  • Apply a 1⁄2-inch layer of compost to areas of the lawn that are susceptible to brown patch; apply organic fertilizer to the entire lawn at the end of the month.
  • Gather and dry herbs.
  • Replenish mulches around plants to keep weeds down and conserve moisture.
  • Continue to pick productive flowers on a regular basis to encourage new growth and fresh blooms for an extended season.
  • Pray for rain.
  • Read through The Guide to Starting a Fall Garden, by Extension Horticulturists in San Antonio and Uvalde.
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