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Sep 01

Begin with a Fall Garden

Posted on September 1, 2017 at 7:12 PM by Wendy Jorgensen

The Fall season is steadily approaching, which means cooler weather and less pests. If you have been wanting to get into gardening, Fall is a great time for a beginner gardener to get started. Here are some easy steps you can follow to achieve a lively Fall garden!

Before you begin to prepare your soon to be garden bed, remove any present weeds.

When preparing your garden bed, make sure to use an ample amount of compost (at least 6 inches). Work the compost into the soil no deeper than 12 inches (90% of plants roots reside in the top foot of soil). If you’re looking for excellent compost, be sure to check out our Texas Pure OMRI listed Compost, which is approved for use in the USDA organics program and perfect for the organic gardener in you.

Next, comes the fun part - planting! Starting small at first will help you get an idea of how much time is required in managing your garden and will be ever so much easier. You can expand your garden in the next season if you desire. Some vegetables to consider are: broccoli, kale, arugula, spinach, Swiss chard, lettuce (Romaine and Black-Seeded Simpson) and carrots. These need to be planted by no later than September if you are planting seeds to give your seeds time to germinate in the warm soil and develop strong roots before the first frost.

If sprouting seeds are not your thing and you prefer instant gratification then run by your local garden store or feed store and pick up some sprouted veggies to transplant into your garden. Now is not the time to plant warm season veggies such as squash, tomatoes, cucumber or corn because they will not have time to mature for harvest before our first killing frost which traditionally is around Nov. 14 – this can vary year to year in Texas.

If you’re looking to grow flowers, there are many beautiful options for the Fall season. The most popular in the North Texas Region are mums (Chrysantemums), pansies, asters, autumn sage and snapdragons. Make sure to choose the right plant variety for Texas and avoid plants suggested for other regions. We want your gardening experience to be a successful one.

Once your seeds have sprouted (2-3 inches tall), or your baby plants are in the soil, top off your garden with a layer of mulch (2-3 inches). Mulch prevents weeds from sprouting, helps prevent evaporation from the soil and protects plants tender roots from temperature extremes whether hot or cold. Texas Pure Products has a variety of quality mulches to choose from. Don’t miss our $5 per cubic yard special on Texas Pure Products Native Hardwood Mulch bought in bulk (unbagged).

Doing a raised bed or container garden and need soil? Try our Texas Pure Pro-Bedding Mix (also called our Planting Mix). It’s a nice blend of soil and compost for a nurturing beginning. A step up from this product is our Powerful Potting Mix, which includes shale and worm castings to add an extra boost of minerals and nutrition.

If you have any questions or insight to share, please leave us a comment below. We’d also love to watch your garden grow – feel free to share photos of your garden with us on our Texas Pure Products Facebook page.

Happy planting!

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