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This Month in the Garden - October 

Fall is a great time for a garden! The weather is cooler to spend time out in the garden and I can’t wait to cut the greens out of my garden for a salad.


For a Fall garden you will find that your crops will do better if they get 8 hours of sun a day. According to the Agrilife Extension the trick to growing healthy transplants is to give them plenty of water. I bought my transplants at the nursery in those little 2x2 pots. I hardened them off and planted them just after our big rain. Remember to set the transplants in the garden at the same height they were in the pots. If cold crops are covered too deeply their stems will rot. When I took the transplants out of their pots, I knew their roots had been restricted and it would take up to two weeks for their roots to actively start growing. So, plan on watering every day for two weeks after you put your transplants in the ground. Plant the broccoli, brussell sprouts, cabbage and cauliflower, 18 to 24 inches apart. Do not hoe too close to your plants to avoid damaging their root system. 


Crops in the Fall take longer to mature because of the shorter days. You can check the different varieties for our area for the shortest to maturity. But for the long-term frost tolerant vegetables that should not be problem. Crops in this category are beets, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, collards, chard, garlic, kale, lettuce, onions, spinach, and turnips. I guess that includes all the plants in my Fall Garden.


Enjoy the cooler weather and the time in your garden.

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