We were pleased to have David Rodriguez,
the local Extension Horticulturalist with Texas
AgriLife Extension Service, come to speak to us
at the August meeting. David received a very
warm welcome as he began his talk on fall
David began by discussing some of the colorful
plants you can add to your garden. He showed
pictures and discussed some of the new
varieties of summer color plants that have just
arrived on the market. Some of the plants that
will give color, are pest and deer resistant
are: Thryallis, Kora Vinca and Nirvana Vinca.
Mari-mums are a large blooming marigold that
can be planted now and will bloom yellow and
orange for the fall. David touched on the
herbs that do well in the fall – one of which
is Calendula the 2008 Herb of the Year. He
went on to discuss ways of building your garden
be it raised bed or container.
He stressed the importance of sunlight to seed
bearing crops such as tomatoes which need 8-10
hours of sun daily. Green leaf vegetables and
root crops can tolerate 4-6 hours. David
covered watering methods with drip irrigation
being the best solution as it will get the
water to the roots where it is needed as well
as minimize disease to your plants.
Fertilizing and composting were also covered.
David emphasized the need to mentor the next
generation of young gardeners. He closed by
handing out several very informative pages that
recapped the information in his discussion of
what to plant in San Antonio for the fall as
well as the spring, when each plant needs to be
put in the ground if you start from seed or
from transplants as well as the varieties of
each that grow well in our area. We all had a
great evening discussing the possibilities our
fall gardens will bring from the color, to the
wonderful herbs and hearty vegetables. What a
way to welcome fall!