Fall Planting Guide

/Fall Planting Guide

Please note this fall planting guide is geared towards those in zone 9a. If you are unsure of which plant hardiness zone you are located in, click here. Other zones that could find some tips in this post helpful are: 6a, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b and 10a.

It is officially fall plan and prep time in Texas, even if the thermostat tells you it’s not. Fall is a Texas vegetable lover’s dream planting season, since it’s just starting to cool off! Here are a few tips for those prepping and planting cool season crops.

Frost Susceptible Crops

If you are wanting to try and plant snap beans, Irish potatoes and lima beans, September is right at the end of their planting season. For these crops, as they are susceptible to frost, try investing in garden fabric so your plants can continue to grow into the fall and early winter.

If you are entering fall with fruit-type crops still in the ground, such as tomatoes and squash, remember they need sun! And if you have your beds or rows prepped and plowed east to west, your leafy veggies may do well in this space as they can tolerate some shade.

What & When to Plant

September is prime planting time for beet, English pea, garlic, leek, mustard, onion, snap pea, Swiss chard, radish and turnip. If you are planting onions (bulbing), they’ll do best when planted in late September!

Peak planting time for bunching onions and carrots is September through November. But that’s not all. October is also the best time to plant arugula, lettuce, mache, sorrel and spinach.

For Harris County residents, click here to see the full graph on when to plant crops for zone 9a.

Fall Planting Harvesting Tips

Remember to pay attention to the maturity rate of the vegetables you’ve planted so you aren’t second guessing yourself when it comes time to harvest. This will also help you decide which crops might not make it through the colder parts of fall and the first freeze of winter. If you’re looking for tips on how to grow organic product, be sure and check out this blog post!

What is your favorite garden prep, planting or harvesting tip? Let us know in the comments below!

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