We just passed the New Moon phase and are now approaching the First Quarter and are in Waxing Crescent. During the waxing of the moon (the period extending from the day the moon is new to the day it reaches its fullest point), the moon pulls moisture upwards. Seeds do well during this time because moisture is available at the surface of the soil.
Fall is a great time for planting veggies in Central Texas and now is the time to get things started if you are planting leafy greens from seed both outdoors and indoors.
DIRECT SEED OUTDOORS
In Central Texas you can start your brassica seeds indoors in late summer and set them in the garden in autumn for winter harvest. Many of these crops need 120 days to harvest and this gives them a tolerable soil temperature indoors to get a head start. All of these crops can also thrive and do well in frost.
Continue to use seaweed as things are hot and do weekly foliar sprays with liquid seaweed to provide plants with hormones and nutrients needed for heat stress and to prevent disease and pests.
Also don’t forget to collect deadhead flowering plants.
It’s also a good time to start composting because leaves are starting to fall.
Fall is a good time to transplant, trade, or give away your divisions of daylilies, bearded irises, violets, wood ferns, cannas, and other herbaceous perennials. Perennials should be divided every few years to keep growth uniform and vigorous. If your larger plants are beginning to show bald spots in the center, or you notice your bulbs not blooming as much as they used to, that’s a good sign it’s time to divide your plants.
For more ideas on Ornamentals, Perennials, and Herbs, visit the Central Texas Gardener and The Natural Gardener lists online. Download the Texas A&M Extension Planting Chart and Varieties.
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