On many a garden blog you will no doubt read something like the following:
"It's time to clean up the summer garden. Many pests and diseases over-winter in old plant debris. Get it out of your garden and into the compost pile, as long as it is not diseased. Otherwise, have it removed from your property.
Hopefully you're growing some cool-season crops right now such as broccoli, spinach and lettuce. Floating row covers do a great job of providing a few extra degrees of heat and provide frost protection for those tender young seedlings. Most cool-season crops can handle cooler temperatures than you might imagine, and many taste even better after a few light frosts. If you've never had a fall vegetable garden, you're missing a real treat."
All of that is true but not for those of us in Texas. The old calendar may say it is Fall but it is still Summer in the garden!!For those of us in the warmer parts of the country just keep in mind that for about another 4 weeks we should hold off a bit on the Fall cleanup. We can still plant cool season veggies just be sure to keep them well watered and provide some shade if the late afternoons get too hot!
Most of all give yourself a Fall garden, wonderful veggies and the thrill of growing something new await those of you who have not gardened in the Fall.