I love gardening, but it gets to be a little depressing this time of year. Most of the beautiful little seedlings I started indoors this past winter, that looked so strong and healthy and full of potential earlier this spring and produced well earlier this summer are now looking old, lifeless and worn out, unable to handle the extreme heat and pressure of endless pests sucking the life out of them. It could make you throw up your hands in defeat. Why even go to all the trouble if it's going to end like this? I mean there's still 3 good months of growing season left until the first frost and most of my plants are worthless. It almost seems like a waste of time.
But wait, there is good news. All is not lost. There is still time to enjoy your garden once again. How can this be? What can be done? These plants can't possibly be resurrected. They can't, but there is time for new ones to sprout and produce before winter hits. All you need to do is plant a fall garden. I just love fall gardens! I think they do better around here than the spring ones. Do you realize how much stress the little plants have to go through during a West Texas spring? Multiple days of high winds, late freezes and cold spells, hail storms, and a bombardment of bugs coming out of hibernation, just waiting to sink their teeth (um, pinchers) into those young, succulent tender leaves. Not to mention the weeds that want to sprout at the same time and fight to take over. It's a wonder they survive at all. Late summer and early fall are much more gentle and forgiving on your young plants as far as the weather goes. Young seedlings like warm temperatures and the older they get the more they enjoy mild weather which is exactly what this season brings.
So the last few days we've been clearing out and pulling up the old, worn out plants (and the pesky weeds beside them) and are preparing the soil once again for new seeds. Out with the old and in with the new. I feel better already.