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How does your garden grow?
Wednesday, October 19, 2011 • Posted October 20, 2011 10:15 AM

Fall is for planting; cooler temperatures and moisture make for less transplant shock. Plants have nine months to become established before the hot Texas summer sets in again.

Fall is the time to plant bulbs. This is the time to choose new varieties and you will have a larger variety from which to choose. Plant bulbs in groups of three or five, not in a row.

If you plan to move or transplant trees or shrubs, this time may still be too early. You will have better results if you wait until the first frost or early January or February, after they have lost their leaves. Dig as much of the root as possible when moving the plant. Have the planting hole prepared before digging so the plant may be replanted as quickly as possible. It’s important to never let the roots dry out; add compost and cottonseed meal to the planting hole. Keep the new planting damp. Check the soil regularly. Mix Superthrive and water together and pour over the root area. Follow the directions on the Superthrive bottle. It helps with planting trauma. It may be used on all plants.

Fall vegetable gardening is now in full swing. October is the month to set out chives, onions, and garlic.

Seed wildflowers for spring blooming.

Add annual color to your landscape, such as alyssum, asters, flowering kale and cabbage, petunias, dianthus, Shasta daisy, snapdragons, pansies, and Johnny Jump-ups. Try some new flowers this year. Fertilize lawns, trees, shrubs, and flowers. Mulch to keep down weeds and retain moisture.

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