Fall is here! Time to plant…

Sep 5, 2011

Wow...are you feeling these 68 degrees this morning! Yes, it's time to plant DFW folks. The first succession of you cool season crops such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels spouts, chard, dill, fennel, cilantro and more should be planted now. You can direct seed crops like lettuce, carrots, fava beans, beets and turnips.

Broccolibed

This is also the very best time to start planting shrubs and trees. I realize that most of you focus much of your planting in spring...that's what most people have been trained to do. However, in our climate, it's best to get larger perennials,shrubs, ground covers and trees planted in fall. The cooler temperatures and rainfall make the transition much easier for the plants. Most importantly, they have about 9 months to put down roots before the next brutal summer comes along. This is even more important for more sensitive plants material such as Japanese maples, azaleas and other acid-loving plants.

If you need a refresher on planting fall vegetable gardens, swing by North Haven Gardens Friday the 16th from 1pm-3pm. I'll do a full review of soil prep, crops to plant now, fertilizing/maintenance.

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Kathleen H
Sep 05, 2011
10:01 pm

Hi, Leslie!  Spent my holiday planting, just as you suggest!  Moved some califlower that was not getting enough sun and half the size of my others - hope they’ll do well.  Will be seeking your advice on replant of front bed, where was shade now full afternoon sun - added some purple grass background, but want more for butterflies & hummingbirds - low maintenance perinnials?  Help!

Leslie Finical Halleck
Oct 14, 2011
12:39 pm

Butterflies and Hummers love perennials like Scabiosa, Salvia, Lantana and more, all great for sun. Plant some dill and fennel NOW for the swallowtails!

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