What to Plant and When in North Texas

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.

Fall:

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.

Winter:

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.

Spring:

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.

Summer:

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.

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15 Responses to What to Plant and When in North Texas

  1. Carol Gordon says:

    This is terrific information. What about the crops that say do subsequent sowings every 2-3 weeks throughout the season? If you’re planting something in the spring and do those other showings will they survive the summer heat?

  2. brittany says:

    The information about spring is a little misleading and could be a little clearer for new gardeners. The last frost date is March-ish–you don’t want to plant out corn, tomatoes, etc. before then. Certainly not the whole of “January to May.”

  3. Louise says:

    Could you please publish information on when to start tomato seeds for a fall garden in the Allen area?
    Thank you!

  4. I know this is off topic but I have signed up on the forum almost two weeks ago and haven’t been approved to post. I would like to be a part of this forum as most other gardening forums aren’t from our area. This is my fifth year gardening here but still have a lot to learn. I didn’t know where else to ask about this since I don’t see any contact info. Thanks! :)

    • yup, this is a fine way to make contact…. I get so depressed going through the mountain of spammers that sign up for the forum I tend to put it off! sorry! I’m going there now.

  5. No problem. I do understand. Thanks! Looking forward to it. :)

  6. Brian, I finally got some time and was going to introduce myself today and ask a few questions on the forum, but I just tried to log in today and it now says my username does not exist. I thought I logged in before without problem. Did I get deleted for some reason? I think for now I’m going to head over to facebook and ask my questions. :)

    • haha! We are not having a good experience with this. :) Yes, I went on a delete binge and wasn’t careful enough. I was cleaning up all the suspect spammers who had an approved account but had zero posts. I’m sorry! You will need to sign up again.

  7. louise says:

    Sorry this is late but thanks so much for the calendars and planting information! Louise

  8. Elizabeth Weinrich says:

    My cilantro is doing well in the summer heat. Do you have any advice for herb gardeners?

  9. Rose says:

    I just stumbled on this website and OMG, thank you!! I’m a city slicker who started gardening for the 1st time ever last year. I’ve bought books and magazines but our north Texas climate is rather unique and i’ve been completely lost. Thank you for this wonderful resource!!

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