Being more of a desert landscape can lead people to believe that Texas isn’t suitable for a garden. In many other places, gardens are successful through the spring and summer, but in Texas, a great time for planting is in the fall. Planting a fall garden means that plants still get ample sunlight, but cooler temperatures at night. Starting your planting in September and October can set you up for a beautiful fall garden!
Generally, plants that do well in the fall are ones that can withstand cooler temperatures. Most plants do require around 8 hours of sunlight per day in order to thrive. Luckily, Texas stays quite warm in the fall, so you can bet your plants will get the weather they need. From vegetables, to shrubs, to perennials, fall is a great opportunity to establish your garden.
The key to healthy fall plants is all in the soil. Breaking up the soil can help plants take root after they have been planted. Looking into mulch is also important for gardens in Texas because the dry heat can lead to dry soil. Mulch does a great job of keeping moisture in the soil and near the roots of your fall plants. Be mindful of the kind of mulch that you choose. Mulch with rubber or rocks tends to have a harder time breathing. If you opt for mulch with grass or straw in it, it will allow the plants and roots to breathe better.
There are plenty of fall vegetables and herbs that will thrive in your garden. Usually darker-colored vegetables and root vegetables do well in the fall planting season. Vegetables like beets, broccoli, carrots, garlic, and dark leafy greens are perfect options for fall vegetables in your garden. Tomatoes are also a great option for planting in the fall because Texas summers are often too hot for them to survive in. The fall provides some of the best conditions for tomatoes to grow in.
Roses and other perennial plants are great options for fall plants. Planting these in the fall gives your flowers a chance to get strong in their roots. Because Texas winters are more mild than other parts of the U.S., your plants are likely to continue to thrive despite the colder season. This means that they have plenty of time before the spring and summer months to establish strong and healthy roots, and your blooms will be bigger and better than before!
Planting a fall garden means that you will have successful blooms in the spring and summer months, but also have some vegetables and herbs that won’t die in the winter. Fall plants are resilient, and come spring and summer, they will be stronger because they’ve had time to form a more mature root system. Consider planting a fall garden before it’s too late! Happy planting!