Preparing Your Garden
Well, you are looking at the results of a lot of rainfall and a lot of vacation time. A deserted, disastrous looking garden, but if you start now you can get it ready for the fall. We are going to be planting fall tomatoes and peppers in the middle of August, but what we have to do now is do something with these weeds and get rid of this Bermuda grass and any kinds of weeds we might have. You can dig it out or you can take the easy way and use a herbicide such as Round up or Klean up, spray it on there, wait about ten days to two weeks and it will turn brown.
You need to start out with a shredder because you can't even see your rotor tiller, see it's over here in the weeds, so you just get your old shredder and get after it. When you are doing this you might see some things that you left from the spring garden that can be harvested and eaten, that's onions. Then you're ready to till.
Now one word of warning. You see the mistake I have made. This ground is hard as a brick and it's going to be real hard to till. I don't like to do things the hard way, so what I'm going to do is water it, wet it down a little bit, wait about two days and then it will be as easy as pie to till. Then after you do that put 2 to 3 pounds of a slow release fertilizer, like 19-5-9, and you will be ready to go for a beautiful fall garden out of what looked like a disaster.
This is Jerry Parsons, Vegetable Specialist for the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, the Weekend Gardener.
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