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Fall and Winter Gardening Information Page

Winter gardening in our part of Texas is so rewarding. The cool days, occasional rain and chill nights make for sweet, succulent spinach, lettuce, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and more. I have put together the following list to help those of you in South Central Texas or anywhere else along the Gulf Coast in Gardening Zones 8 - 10. Find your Gardening Zone Here.

WINTER GARDEN FOR SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS

For the winter, there are so many things you can grow. Winter is such a great time to garden. And, the produce we can grow in the winter is so nutritious.

You can find seed for many of the following varieties at The Herb Cottage Seed Selection on the Web Page. If you find me at the Farmers' Markets I attend, I'll have all the seed selections and vegetable transplants and herb plants for you there. Or, come on out to The Herb Cottage and browse the nursery.

Before you plant your Fall/Winter garden, here are some tips for amending the soil, especially if you've been growing in the area since Spring.

Fall is the best time to plant all hardy  perennials. A great mix to amend the soil is Worm Castings, powdered Rock Phosphate and a seaweed-based fertilizer. I use (and sell) Garden-Ville Sea Tea, but there are others on the Market. Alfalfa Meal will add Nitrogen, which you'll need if you are planting cool season food crops. It's still a little early to plant broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, spinach and the other leafy greens. I'll have them ready at The Herb Cottage and for the Farmers' Markets by the end of September.

 Planting mix for perennials- 50/50 mix of worm castings and powdered rock phosphate-- one handful of the  mix in a 4" hole--2 handfuls in a one gallon hole and a cup in a 3-5 gallon hole-and always water everything in with a  big dose of Garden-Ville Sea Tea Fertilizer (2 tablespoons to a gallon of water)

Planting mix for cool season plants- like lettuce, kale, cilantro, parsley,broccoli etc--and when you plant your cool season color in late Sept-Oct  like calendula, pansies, snapdragons, dianthus, sweet white allysum, etc.

Equal parts of worm castings, powdered rock phosphate and alfalfa meal. One handful of the mix in  a 4" hole-- 2 handfuls in a  one gallon hole and a cup in a 3-5 gallon hole-and always water everything in with a big dose of Garden-Ville Sea Tea Fertilizer (2 tablespoons to a gallon of water)

Here is a (partial) list of what to plant this Fall:

VEGETABLES

  • Asian Greens - tatsoi, mizuna, komatsuna-seed in September or purchase transplants.Transplants are hard to find.
  • Beets - direct seed after September 15
  • Broccoli - seed in Sept or purchase transplants and plant late in September and throughout the winter
  • Cauliflower - seed in September or purchase transplants and plant late in September and throughout the winter
  • Cabbage - seed in September or purchase transplants and plant late in September and throughout the winter
  • Carrots - direct seed after September 15
  • Collards - seed in September or purchase transplants. Transplants are hard to find.
  • Kale -seed in September or purchase transplants and plant late in September and throughout the winter
  • Leaf Lettuce - many varieties available in seed, fewer as transplants. Seed in October when weather cools down and every 2-3 weeks during winter.
  • Mustard Greens - seed in September or purchase transplants. Transplants are hard to find.
  • Pak Choy/Bok Choi - seed in September or purchase transplants and plant late in September and throughout the winter
  • Radishes - direct seed in September and every 2-3 weeks throughout winter.
  • Spinach - seed in September or purchase transplants and plant late in September and throughout the winter
  • Turnips - direct seed after September 15


  • ANNUAL/BIENNIAl HERBS TO PLANT FOR WINTER

  • Cilantro
  • Dill
  • Chervil- a much underused herb here in the U.S. September
  • Parsley
  • Fennel

  • PERENNIAL HERBS FOR FALL PLANTING

  • Rosemary
  • Oregano
  • Thyme
  • Lavender
  • Tarragon- French and Texas
  • Mint
  • Chives,
  • Garlic Chives
  • Sage


  • EDIBLE FLOWERS FOR FALL AND WINTER

  • Nasturtium
  • Violet
  • Calendula
  • Pansies
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