From the Texas Gardener’s Handbook, 1897: “Milder fall temperatures bring out better flavors in vegetable gardens. Insects and disease are less of a problem. Both warm- and cool-season crops can be grown.

  “Warm-season vegetables include beans, cucumbers and summer squash that will not grow when fall’s cool comes. Plant them soon, adjoining newly planted tomatoes. Cool-season crops include beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, lettuce, radishes, spinach and turnips. They can be cultivated alongside the others.

  “Plant crops where they will receive at least six hours of direct sun daily. Root crops such as turnips, and leaf vegetables like lettuce tolerate some shade, but fruiting types such as tomatoes and squash need sun. A south or southeastern exposure is best, and when possible, plant rows in an east-west alignment. A garden that catches the early morning sun will dry more quickly, reducing the chance that harmful fungi or bacteria will develop.