One of the most difficult tasks for a gardener is thinning seedlings in the vegetable garden. Soon after germination, seedlings should be thinned according to the spacing distance recommended on the seed packet.

The weather conditions over the past several days were just right by my reckoning — daytime temperatures moderately cool and nighttime temps pleasantly crisp.

As the fall season settles in, take advantage of the cool days and the slower pace of gardening to prepare your plants for winter. Enjoy the beautiful weather and while you’re at it, be sure to perform any needed activities in the home garden and landscape and check our upcoming educational programs as follows:

Dr. William Johnson is a horticulturist with the Galveston County Office of Texas AgriLife Extension Service, The Texas A&M System. Visit his website at

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