I heard a rumor that fall is on the way; time to get growing fall vegetables

September 9th, 2010 Posted in bulbs, vegetables

We’re not out of the hot woods yet, but you know that fall is coming with the arrival of its emissaries. My first Lycoris radiata (spider lily) radiates a smile that pots of chile are on the horizon.

Lycoris radiata (spider lily)

In my garden,  spider lilies can be temperamental and take a year off, especially after dividing. The oxblood lilies (Rhodophiala bifida) are more accommodating.

Oxblood lilies (Rhodophiala bifida)
Blooming against the kiddie pool, they taunt me that I’ll still need its refreshment for a few more weeks, despite our beloved rain and cooler temps this week.

Oxblood lily Rhodophiala bifida against kiddie pool

Rain lily Habranthus robustus flowered again after last week’s preview shower. I planted others throughout the garden, but it seems to like this spot. Guess I’ll get it some buddies.

Rain lily Habranthus robustus

What I like about this one is that its strappy foliage has been up and at ‘em for months. It hasn’t hidden underground until the magic moment.

Since it’s time to head out for cool-weather vegetables, this week on CTG, Tom meets with Erin Flynn and Skip Connett from organic Green Gate Farms in east Austin. Get some of their tastiest favorites, along with homegrown garlic, an easy grow even in small spaces.

Be sure to check out their farm stand on Fridays & Saturdays, and sign up for their CSA.  On top of that, they’ve got tons of activities for kids. On September 18, they’ve got a whopper plant sale, too.

Green Gate Farms, Austin Texas

I’m adding compost and granular organic fertilizer to the upcoming lettuce/arugula/parsley bed.  And counting the days to sow cilantro seeds for us and the bunnies later this month.

On tour, meet the next generation of gardeners at Casis Elementary.

Casis Elementary school vegetable garden
Teachers, parents, and students collaborate in a vegetable garden for hands-on lessons in sustainability, math, science, art, cycles of insect life, and plain good eating!

Now, have you seen this on your trees?

Skeletonized oak leaf

Daphne answers viewer Bob Harper’s question about what the heck is up with his red oak leaves.

If you haven’t yet met native Eupatorium/Conoclinium greggii (Gregg’s blue mist flower), nab this native perennial to bring butterflies to your drought-tough fingertips.

Eupatorium/Conoclinium greggii

It’s rather invasive to flower beds, but well worth it if you can wrangle it.

In our soils, nitrogen is the nutrient we most need. Get John Dromgoole’s analysis of various additives,  including  coffee grounds. Our fall crops, like lettuce, really want that nitrogen. In my case, I’ll be adding some Harvey & Gaby “contributions,” too!

If you need a little inspiration any time of day, watch it all online!  The Casis kids will certainly pump up the energy!

Until next week, Linda

  1. 4 Responses to “I heard a rumor that fall is on the way; time to get growing fall vegetables”

  2. By Kathleen Scott on Sep 14, 2010

    Linda, I’ve been traveling and writing articles and a bit out of touch and just found your post on Spencer. I’m so sorry! He was a true statesman and lovable cat-person. I know you miss him.

    Harry’s planter and stone are in a little volunteer plant group I can see from my kitchen. The day we spread his ashes (and compost) around the base of the plants, I began to feel better. Those plants have grown much more since then and we joke that it’s Harry making our place happy.

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  3. By Joseph on Sep 21, 2010

    Splendid photos! The Spider Lily is gorgeous! I love seeing kids taking an interest in growing things. They love to explore and it’s wonderful to see their faces! I feel like a kid myself most days in the garden. :) I’m off to check Dromgoole’s link on additives … thanks!

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    Linda reply on September 22nd, 2010 4:07 pm:

    Thanks Joseph! I just want my garden to be as wonderful as yours!

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  4. By Michele on Sep 26, 2010

    LOVE the photos!!
    I just got a big mass of Gregg’s blue mist from a friend…I can’t wait for the butterflies!!! You know I love my invasives…crazy me.

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