Plan the perfect garden with our interactive tool →

Vegetables to Plant in Central Texas in January

...
carrots image by William Berry from Fotolia.com

While much of the rest of the country is still buried under a blanket of snow, Central Texas is emerging from the coldest days of winter. This is the ideal time to plant cool season vegetables, before the hot summer sun makes conditions too unpleasant for these tenderer vegetables. Though some areas may still see frost at night in January, gardeners can plant many vegetables to harvest in April and May.

Cruciferous Vegetables

Plant broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage and cauliflower in January in Central Texas. For best results, set transplants about 1 foot apart. Protect very young tender plants from freezes with cold caps or garden fabric designed to shield plants from frost. Once the plants are established they will stand up to light frost. Warm days will cause the plants to bolt and flower.

  • While much of the rest of the country is still buried under a blanket of snow, Central Texas is emerging from the coldest days of winter.
  • Protect very young tender plants from freezes with cold caps or garden fabric designed to shield plants from frost.

Root Vegetables

Sow seeds for beets, carrots, radish and turnips by the last week in January. Sow seed 3 inches apart and thin to 6 inches apart by removing smaller seedlings. This will encourage development of larger roots. Root vegetables need soil that is free of rocks and other obstructions.

Greens

Chard, collards, kale, lettuce, mustard and spinach can all be direct-sown with seed in January in Central Texas. Water the seed well and thin as sprouts emerge. These sprouts are edible. When heat and sun intensify in spring, extend the life of the crop by shielding it with shade cloth, but summer's heat will cause these plants to go to seed.

  • Sow seeds for beets, carrots, radish and turnips by the last week in January.
  • When heat and sun intensify in spring, extend the life of the crop by shielding it with shade cloth, but summer's heat will cause these plants to go to seed.

Leeks and Onions

Transplant leeks and onions into the garden in February. Plant seedlings or "sets" of both bulb and green onions. Harvest green onions at any stage and bulbing onions after the tops yellow and die back.

Peas

English, sugar snap and snow peas are all cool-season crops in Central Texas. Sow in January and every two weeks through mid-February to ensure successive crops. The seeds may be slow to germinate, but once out of the ground will grow quickly. Most varieties need a trellis or some support.

  • Transplant leeks and onions into the garden in February.
  • Harvest green onions at any stage and bulbing onions after the tops yellow and die back.

Related Articles

Recommended Vegetable Seed Start Dates in South Carolina
Recommended Vegetable Seed Start Dates in South Carolina
How to Grow Vegetables in the Inland Empire
How to Grow Vegetables in the Inland Empire
Vegetable Planting Times in Mississippi
Vegetable Planting Times in Mississippi
Vegetable Planting Dates in Phoenix
Vegetable Planting Dates in Phoenix
What Seeds to Plant When in Virginia
What Seeds to Plant When in Virginia
What Vegetables Grow Well in Denver Colorado?
What Vegetables Grow Well in Denver Colorado?
The Best Vegetables to Grow in Tennessee
The Best Vegetables to Grow in Tennessee
Vegetable Garden Plants in Fresno
Vegetable Garden Plants in Fresno
When to Plant Flowers in Indiana
When to Plant Flowers in Indiana
What Vegetables Grow in Fall & Winter in South Carolina?
What Vegetables Grow in Fall & Winter in South Carolina?
Vegetables That Grow Well in Western Montana
Vegetables That Grow Well in Western Montana
Fall Vegetable Garden in Central Texas
Fall Vegetable Garden in Central Texas
How to Grow Winter Vegetables in Tucson, Arizona
How to Grow Winter Vegetables in Tucson, Arizona
What Vegetables Grow in Arizona From August to December?
What Vegetables Grow in Arizona From August to December?
How to Grow Onion Bulbs From the Supermarket
How to Grow Onion Bulbs From the Supermarket
October Planting in East Tennessee
October Planting in East Tennessee
What Happens to Collard Greens After the First Frost?
What Happens to Collard Greens After the First Frost?
Garden Guides
×