The Texas seasons are great, but it can cause gardening to get overwhelming trying to keep straight what can be planted and when. The unique seasons cause the time for gardening to differ from that of other areas. Keeping track gets even more complicated, due to the fact that many plants will have two growing seasons. Use this seasonal guide to follow what to plant and when in the Texas seasons.
This shorter season has optimal temperatures for producing results in the garden. The fall season brings slightly cooler weather but still enough warmth for growing plants and vegetables. The key to successful growth in the fall season is time. It can take longer for crops to grow in this season, and it is best to get them planted in July/August meaning you have to get the crops to overcome the heat to enjoy them in fall. Until seedlings are established, lots of water is crucial to crop survival. Broccoli and cabbage are two of the most successful fall crops. Green beans, carrots, and squash are also ideal for Texas fall. This will be the second growing season for cucumbers, beans, peas and corn.
One of the great things about growing a garden in north Texas is the ability to continue through winter. There are many options when it comes to a winter garden, so choose vegetables or plants that will benefit you and your family. Onions, lettuce, radishes and garlic adapt well for winter growth, and to top it off these are all items that are very versatile and will easily be used. If harsh weather hits, you may want to consider planting these in a planter that could be moved indoors for the day if needed. Lettuce, potatoes, or carrots however, won’t need to be moved and can survive outdoors just fine. These winter crops will create the perfect mixture for a warm winter soup.
Texas spring arrives earlier than other parts of the country, and brings ideal conditions for an abundance of crops. Corn, tomatoes, peppers, and zucchini are a few of the best items to plant in spring weather. January through May bring great conditions for almost any crop desired. Spring and fall tend to allow some overlap in crops, since fall is a second growing season for some crops such as onions. Plant accordingly so that these two season growths will be things you use frequently. Take advantage of the spring weather for your crops, before the summer heat takes over.
The extreme Texas heat brings less variety for summer crops, but it can be a great time to focus on flowers. Flowers are the perfect thing to plant in summer, because there are many varieties that can be grown in shade and survive heat more than most crops can. Try Mexican firebrush, an ideal red flowering plant that performs well in dry heat. This is a great choice for a sunny area in your yard, because the colors will become more vibrant under the Texas sun. Depending on the amount of sun your yard gets, many shade-loving flowers will survive the heat. If your heart is set on producing crops in summer, figs, chickpeas, and cherries are an option. Since the summer weather isn’t great for many crops, use spring for your vegetable growing and focus on flowers this summer.
When narrowing down your choices for crops, planning according to season is critical. Choose plants that will have a double growing season so that you can really make use of the Texas conditions. Keeping track of which plants grow and when in the Texas seasons will allow you to take advantage of the garden year-round.
Mary Potter is takes great pride in her flower garden, and is quick to share her tips and tricks any way she can. She loves creating center pieces for special occasions and has also been putting her efforts into The Flower Exchange, who specialize in wedding flowers.