Saturday, October 5, 2013

Fall Gardening Ideas from the Inn Above Onion Creek's Garden

Photo by Courtney Simchak.
Fall is finally upon us and many Texans are day-dreaming about sweaters, hot cider, and falling leaves. However, growing season isn't over just yet; we are seeing all kind of fruit trees, flowers and vegetables bloom right now in the Inn’s garden.

I asked Lori, one of our hard working gardeners, if she knew any great fall gardening to pass on to our guests.

Fall is the perfect time for planting shrubs, fruit trees and flowers. By planting your gardens now you give them the time needed to focus on developing their root systems during the winter, while they are dormant. With a strong root system in the spring, it really has a chance to thrive.

Lori mentioned that Fall is also a great opportunity to collect seeds and propagate plants like roses, sage and rosemary. 

For those interested in planting a fruit tree this season, Lori mentioned several species of fruit trees that grow beautifully in our Texas weather and soil, like Methely plums, Moonglow pears and figs. 

If you are interested in planting your own trees this fall, make sure to dig a hole that is twice the size of the pot and the same depth as the pot. You risk killing the plant if you place the soil too high or too low. Use the pot the sapling came in as a good indicator for what depth the whole should be.

To protect your plant from any damage caused by wildlife--deer in particular--put up a cage or barricade around your sapling. By surrounding your sapling with a cage or barricade, it has a better chance of establishing itself. PVC pipe is a great option.

Make sure to water the sapling a couple times a week for about a month or until it starts supporting itself, depending on the weather. You can tell if it’s under watered by looking to see if the leaves are curling in on themselves. If your leaves are drooping down, your plant is being over watered and risks root rot.

By Spring, with care, you should have a vibrant and developing fruit tree. In several years, after increasing in size, your tree will begin to bear fruit.

-Bootsie the Cat