Some of the strangest things happen in Texas this time of the year and one of them is that it is time to plant seeds again.
As long as I have lived here, it always seems so frustrating to me that during the Summer our gardens slow down and then as the temps cool it’s time to start all over again.
Oh I get the part about the heat, the lack of water and all of the chemistry sort of details, it’s just that seasonally it seems to me illogical not to have a vigorous vegetable garden in the middle of Summer.
Well, there is an upside to this and that is that we can grow a Fall/Winter garden too!
Right now I am still enjoying these amazing zinnias and as you can see so are the butterflies.
I wanted to share with you some drought resistant plants, that I have had great luck with and also you know Fall is a great time to add plants to your landscape.
What to plant that is drought resistant.
Plants do not produce well in the middle of a Hot Texas Summer, except drought tolerant plants.
In fact, most shrubs and plants just survive in our Texas heat-much like I do!
These colorful zinnias all grown from seeds certainly like the heat and have been showy performers all season long.
Hummingbirds and butterflies have adored them and so have we!
For you gardeners out there I have provided a short list of a few other drought resistant plants.
2. Lavandula Multifida
3. Salvias or Sages
4. Japanese Honeysuckle
5. Glossy Abelia
7. Passion Flowers
9. Common flowering Quince
What to Plant for a Fall and Winter Vegetable Garden
I have “toyed,” with planting a Fall/Winter vegetable garden before, but this year I’d like to do a bit more.
So my research has been interesting to me, so it might just be to you too.
There are many benefits to planting a cold weather vegetable garden and it is not just reaping the benefits of the harvest.
Did you know that it is also an excellent method for enhancing the fertility and tilth of your garden.
Actually for those of us who live in warmer climates it is our time to bask in the produce that we can grow.
October is an ideal time to plant greens, broccoli and other cool weather plants.
Interestingly enough several of my friends have commented that their planting zones have changed, so after more research I have found a wonderful tool for you and myself.
It is a interactive map provided by the USDA on plant hardiness and planting zones
just click on this LINK and you will be taken to their official site.
We have several gardeners in our family and it tickles me so much as I feel as though my farming roots have been passed on to some grandchildren too-I know that would make my Mom and Dad so happy!
One of them is even planting potatoes and that was our main farm crop in Idaho.
Sharing a suggestion list for Fall/Winter gardening crops.
Now that we have our two acres,and the heat is subsiding, I really want to know what zone I was in so I can get to work in my garden.
It seems that in my region of North Texas we live in zone 8a.
If you live in zone 8a like we do, you can grow all of the above plus add the following to your list.
Have a lovely week, here are some flowers from me to you!
Summer is finally drawing to an end in our region of the country and I am looking forward to cooler days, colorful walks and hopefully a little garden that will grow with all it’s might in the lazy days of Fall.
Have a lovely day!
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