As of today, it is officially Fall! And what does that mean? Well, in south Texas, it means absolutely nothing. The temperatures are still in the 90s and the feels like was 101 earlier this week. So really, it doesn’t mean much of anything. We still can’t plant any Fall-season veggies yet since it’s still too hot for any of them to grow. But it does mean that cooler weather is (hopefully) on the way. We still have to go out and water everything whenever it doesn’t rain because of the heat. There were a few days last week after Hurricane Harvey came through that we were able to open the windows, but not anymore.
Anyways, back to the garden. A few of the plants out there are still thriving, which is why we planted mostly tropical plants. We are in Zone 9 here in Houston, so had to have plants that could handle the heat. Sadly, a few weren’t able to take it, but overall we did pretty well.
There’s nothing left to show in the herb garden, except our gorgeous aloe plant!
Meanwhile, over in the vegetable garden, the okra and the mint are stealing the show. I can’t believe how big and thick the okra has grown lately, and the mint is starting to spread out in the planter. I don’t think my celery plant liked all the extra rain from Harvey, it isn’t doing too well anymore. The pepper plants seem to be making a comeback and have a few flowers on them. And somehow, that lettuce that made an appearance a couple weeks ago is growing a lot now!
The only indication that the seasons are starting to (slowly) change is in the canna lily plants. They flourish in the spring and summer but start to die off in the fall. We can start to see some of the plants browning already, and I’m sure we will lose a lot of them like last year. But they seem to grow back in thicker and taller than the year before, so hopefully the same is true for next year. The banana trees were battered during Harvey, though you wouldn’t know it by how much they are still growing. We also have a few new pups out there as well. At this point, I’ve lost count of how many banana trees are actually out there.
Our blackberry bush still has not produced any fruit yet, but that may take another year. We also have read that they prefer the cooler weather, so we may get some fruit off of it in the winter. Next to that, the orange tree is actually showing signs of growth again. For a long time, it was stagnant, not growing but not dying either. But do you know what is growing? Those pineapples! Those are just from planting the tops of a pineapple that we bought at the store, and hoping they would grow. I can’t believe how much they have grown in the last couple weeks!
Overall, for being only our second year with a garden, and now having gone through two summers, we have learned a lot. We’ve learned what grows well, and what doesn’t in our yard. The herb garden is going to have to move inside somehow if we plan to continue to grow them. They just can’t handle the heat at all. As expected, the more tropical plants seem to thrive in the south Texas heat, such as the peppers, banana trees, pineapples, etc. The strawberries didn’t last long at all, which we were worried about but figured we would give them a try with how much Tyler and Ryan love to eat strawberries.