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Oct 04

Autumn Veggies and Bulbs

Posted on October 4, 2019 at 10:36 AM by Kelly Macejewski

If you did not get veggie seeds in the ground already, local garden centers and feed stores will still have a good selection of fall and winter veggies you can put in from transplants. Below you'll find veggies that will thrive during the winter. These vegetables will need at least 5 hours of sun a day.

Our favorite types of kale include Dinosaur Kale (Tuscan kale), Redbor, Blue Knight and Starbor. Kale likes to be kept evenly moist and will reward you with sweet and nutty leaves all winter into spring. 

Romaine Lettuce
Lettuce is actually a member of the sunflower family. It is a descendant of the weed Lactuca serriola (prickly lettuce). Romaine lettuce has more green leaves and is thus a better source of calcium and vitamins A and C than crisp head types like iceberg. 

Radishes smaller
Check out the varieties of Cherry Belle, White Icicle, French Breakfast, Crunch Red, Fuego, Early Scarlet Globe and Red Baron.

Swiss Chard
Swiss Chard
Check out the "bright lights" which are easy to spot because they're brightly colored red, white, purple and pink. The traditional Swiss Chard is delicious and nutritious. 

Give turnips a try with a meal, they're great! Varieties we like include Alltop, Golden Ball, Scarlet Queen and Purple Top White Globe.

Also called A Swedish turnip, a rutabaga is larger and milder than turnips. Rutabaga is delicious and cooks into a creamy buttery dish. Varieties we like include Altasweet, Laurentian and American Purpletop. 

Onions grow best in full sun, with transplants planted ¾ inch deep. Onions require 2-3 pounds of fertilizer in 100 square feet of area mixed into the soil. Water them regularly. Visit this Texas A&M link for an extensive variety list and growing tips.

Try the following types of potatoes in your Texas garden.
Red Flesh:
  • Dark Red Norland
  • Norland
  • Red LaSoda
  • Viking
White Flesh:
  • Atlantic
  • Gemchip
  • Kennebec
  • Superior
Yellow Flesh:
  • Yukon Gold
  • Century Russet
  • Norgold
  • Russet Norkatah
Choose a softneck variety which does better in warmer climates. Varieties that do well here include Creole like Early Louisiana and White Mexican, and Italian, Late or Pink. Visit this Texas A&M link for additional information and varieties

Our favorite varieties include Paris Market, Danvers Half Long, Little Finger, Nantes and Touchon.

Beets and their tops are both nutritious and delicious! They're easy to grow with many varieties. Our favorite varities are Chioggia, Burpee Golden, Detroit Red and Mini Ball. 

Enjoy your veggie garden this fall and winter!


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