It is fall vegetable planting time. You will find a great selection of Broccoli, Spinach, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Swiss Chard, Collards, and others for your vegetable needs. There is still time for squash, Snap Beans and Cucumbers, Turnips. Visit Red Barn for a Fall Planting Guide. Don’t forget to tend to you herb garden. Remove flower spikes from basil etc. You can cut back herbs and remove the leaves, dry or chop and freeze in a shallow layers in a freezer bag and break off what you need later for cooking.
We see a glimmer of hope for cooler weather. It is time to re-pot houseplants that you have on your deck or porch and get them ready to go indoors later. Trim off ¼ to 1/3 of the root ball if needed. Fresh potting soil such as Vortex or Fertilome, etc. should be used. Check the drain holes to make sure they are free of clogs and the bottom inside of pots to make sure they are free of pests. Potted plants are the ideal hiding place for pill bugs, ants, and other pests that feed on the plant roots. A piece of screen placed over the drain hole and secured by pea gravel or soil will help to keep them from coming in. Trim tops if needed to give them a chance to recover before being taken inside for the winter. Water and pull back in lower light to get them ready for the house.
This is a transition time for annuals. Most annuals are still going strong. Begonias, Petunias, Mums, and Marigolds are great transition plants before Pansies, Snapdragons, Lobelia, Alyssum, Calendula, Dianthus, etc. and are ready.
It is time to sow wildflower seeds. Blue Bonnets. Wildflower Mix. The new selection is in Red Barn.
Cut back perennials if needed. Be careful not to give much fertilizer. You do not want encourage them to grow much before the winter. Iris and other bulbs may need to be divided now if the bed is too thick. Visit us at Red Barn and we will give you advice of the proper technique.
Replenish mulch in all beds, around trees, etc. to ensure a protected root system for the winter and for water retention.
Some of your shrubs such as Sweet Olive and Encore Azalea, Roses, Autumn Sage, Mexican Bush Sage, Gulf Muhly will burst in to bloom for the fall. Do not prune Spring Flowering shrubs such Camellias, Viburnum, Primrose Jasmine, Flowering Quince, spring blooming Azaleas, etc. because the already have flower buds set.
You are approaching tree pruning time. Live oak can be pruned to open the canopy for new grass and understory growth. Seal cut branches with pruning paint. Wait until deciduous trees are dormant to prune limbs and branches.
Start thinking about pre-emergent weed protection now such as corn gluten. Fertilize grass with Ladybug 8-2-4, Medina Growin Green, or Texas Tee Fertilizer.
Be on the lookout for Red Barn’s Pumpkinfest information coming soon. Fun in the Fall!!! Thank you and we invite you to visit Red Barn Garden Center anytime. We are Austin Proud/Texas Friendly.