Growing Herbs in Texas: Fall Planting Update

| 11/20/2009 9:36:13 AM

C.MeredithCynthia Meredith has been gardening with herbs, reading about herbs, and discussing herb gardening in Texas for more than 20 years. She has owned The Herb Cottage ( for over 10 years, selling herb plants to people all over our state.

Our unusually long and pleasant fall season continues here in south central Texas. I believe we are being rewarded for sticking it out during the challenging hot, dry summer we experienced this year. Warm season herbs still look good due to occasional rains and lots of sunshine. Today, the clouds have moved in and the forecast is for rain tomorrow. We could use a little rain, but no strong winds please. I do believe I'm getting spoiled by this near perfect weather.

So, what's going on in the herb garden since I last posted? Well, my helper and I cleaned out the one bed where I plant and grow only herbs... and the occasional patch of Coastal Bermuda grass and a few weeds. It really didn't take that long with two of us working. The Bermuda wasn't too entrenched. Mostly, there was spent purslane and new small grasses.

The borage that self sowed is looking very happy and vigorous.

Meredith Borage

After we cleaned the bed out, mulched it with Cotton Burr Compost and brought the wheelbarrow load to the chicken yard for the chickens and ducks to peck and scratch at, we planted some new herb plants.