Home gardening has been growing in popularity for a number of reasons, from saving money on produce to enriching the landscape, to the desire to grow food organically. Texas is a state where it is possible to have a tasty, fresh garden with an extra-long growing season during spring and fall. The summers are usually too hot for gardening. Keep some key things in mind when planting vegetables in a Texas garden, to make sure they are the proper vegetables for the region and weather.
As a home gardener, the most crucial decision is what vegetables to grow in your Texas garden. This depends on if you have a small or large garden. You want to grow vegetables that provide a good portion of nutritious food for the time and space required. The type of vegetables you choose also depends on your garden site. Ideally, you want a garden area that has full sunlight with well-draining, good-quality soil. It should be in a place easy to water, as well.
Small Garden Vegetables
Small gardens are common in urban households, since there is not a lot of room. Small garden vegetables to plant in Texas includes beets, broccoli, cabbage, squash, eggplant, carrots, garlic, lettuce, green beans, pole beans, peppers, onions, radishes, tomatoes and spinach. Herbs to plant include parsley, cilantro, mint, chives, lavender and rosemary.
Large Garden Vegetables
Large gardens are usually reserved for more rural households in Texas, or homes that have more gardening space on a rooftop, patio, etc. These larger gardens are also ideal for vine crops like winter squash, watermelons, cantaloupes and cucumbers. Other vegetables to plant in a larger Texas garden include cauliflower, collard greens, mustard, okra, potatoes, corn and sweet potatoes.