I am going into my second winter here in San Antonio. Having lost my summer garden some time in August due to the heat and dry conditions, I am looking forward to some cooler weather crops. This Spring we had an overabundance of leaf lettuces, and this Fall I want to take advantage of our extended growing season.
I am getting a later start than I probably should, but this weekend I will be cleaning out the beds and getting the soil ready. One of our local nurseries has a great gardening calendar and I will be heading there this weekend to see what fall plants they have available. We will also be using sheet plastic for makeshift cold frames so I hope to be able to extend our growing season.
Beyond lettuces, chard, and kale, which I had much success with this past year in our early Spring garden and which I expect to do well in our Fall garden, I would like to try a couple of other things:
We had some success with radishes and carrots this Spring, but the rest will be new for us. I am trying to not be overly ambitious, since I am nearly seven months pregnant and I am really the sole gardener around here. I can get the husband to help with heavy work when needed but the everyday tending falls to me (and my kiddo sidekick) so I don’t want to put in so many plants that I can’t manage.
I’m still working on my Spring planting lists – I hope to be a bit more ambitious, including getting berry bushes put in. But one thing at a time… I’ll get the fall garden going first before I let myself get too absorbed in Spring planting. I’ll update my list after my nursery visit this weekend.