Q: I'm moving to an actual honest-to-goodness house (with yard!) on September 1, and I am so excited to have a real garden for the first time ever.
I know planting season is long gone, but is there any chance I can grow some herbs or vegetables with what's left of the summer? (I live in Texas, so we have an awful lot of summer left...)
Sent by Fiona
Editor: Fiona, absolutely! I think that you could have a great garden season still, especially since you're in Texas. In fact, when I lived in Florida, the garden season didn't really even begin until September.
A few ideas: Yes to herbs. Don't bother starting them yourself from seeds, though. Pick up a few $1.99 plants at the nursery. Rosemary, chives, parsley, mint, and basil should all flourish in late summer.
Depending on how much hot weather you have left, also consider fast-growing bush zucchini (so easy to grow!) and some salad greens. Sow the greens as soon as you move in, or pick up some tiny starters at the garden center. Everything should be on sale now, at the end of the season.
Readers, what else would you suggest?
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