Late-summer and fall gardening seasons

Even though we’re still struggling through the heat of late summer, novice gardeners may overlook the fact that August signals the start of the late-summer and fall gardening seasons in Galveston County.

Even though we have a tropical storm and a hurricane brewing at the same time in the Gulf, the start of the late-summer and fall gardening seasons also is underway.

During a conversation with several of my Master Gardener friends last week at the Discovery Garden in Carbide Park, there were exchanges of who was planting what for the late-summer and fall growing seasons. Experienced gardeners know that late summer and fall weather favors more productive growth than the spring gardening season.

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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