EL PASO, Texas – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office in El Paso County has several experts on all things gardening. Although we are still in the middle of summer and the annual monsoon, now is the perfect time to start planning your fall garden!
If you’re thinking about it this year, you’re in luck. The experts shared some great money-saving tips on how to keep your garden thriving and help you save money at the grocery store.
“The last week of August and the first week of September would be the perfect time [to start your garden]where temperatures are dropping and vegetables have a chance to take advantage of the cooler temperatures,” El Paso County Horticultural Advisor Eduardo Rascon told ABC-7.
“Lead, spinach, arugula, and broccoli all do really well in the fall. And then you have the other aspect of things where you can plant carrots, radishes and beets,” Rascon said.
Creating your own garden is primarily inexpensive. As inflation continues to affect us all, you would save money by growing your own fruit and veg instead of going to the stores to buy the expensive produce.
“You will get it for less money because you take care of it” … “and you can go to your garden and harvest what you will use that day. The plant will continue to grow for the season,” shared the expert With.
One suggestion he made was to install a drip irrigation system around the plants in your garden. Drip systems are efficient water savers, giving your plants the water they need on a specific schedule. This way you don’t have to worry about overwatering or underwatering your plants. Rascon explained the advantages of drip irrigation compared to flood irrigation and head irrigation.
“One of the great benefits of drip irrigation is that it allows you to be more organized or water in a timely manner. This means you can set your watering to 10 to 15 minutes if the plant takes its time Flood watering or top watering, which is a common approach to watering where most of the water evaporates and the plants don’t take it up as well [with a drip irrigation system]you can pinpoint where the plant needs the most water, and that way you waste less water and your water bill isn’t as high because you’re watering more efficiently.”
The El Paso County Master Gardener Association will host a Texas Master Gardener Program for those interested. Registration ends on August 19, participation in the multi-week program is subject to a fee. The course starts September 1st and continues every Thursday from 9pm to 4pm until November 17th. The course is designed for those interested in becoming future educators teaching gardening to others. If this sounds like you, click here for more information.
For more gardening resources, Rascon has suggested anything and everything on the Texas A&M AgriLife website which can be found here.
Now we know that gardening can be inexpensive and fun too! Rascon shared that it takes a lot of trial and error, but over the years you only get better at this skill. That being said, let’s garden!