Spring vegetable gardens
Texas Department of AgricultureFebruary 29, 2012 | 1,755 views | Post a comment
By George Ayres
Texas Department of Agriculture
Vegetable gardening is fun, relaxing and good exercise. With careful planning, Texas vegetable gardeners can have something growing nearly every month of the year, and with the fast-paced, high-tech, modern lifestyles we live, gardening provides a great way to slow down and unwind. Get your plants in the ground as early as possible to give them time to acclimate to the warming weather and the growing season. Variety selection and proper planting time are critical for success.
Purchasing from local nurseries or starting transplants from seeds in your home are both great ways to get a head start on the growing season. At least four to eight weeks can be cut from the time required between planting and harvesting or getting effective landscape color by setting vigorous transplants rather than seeds into the garden. If you choose to seed your garden, make sure you have adequate moisture, full sun to warm the soil and good seed and soil contact.
Ideal spring vegetables include pole beans, summer squash, peas, potatoes, lettuce, eggplant, asparagus, corn, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, chard, chives, collards, endive, escarole, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, mustard, okra, onions, parsley, peppers and tomatoes.
Spring plants should be put in the ground when the frost danger has passed.
Make sure you choose the right location. Plants should have room to grow, full sun, good air circulation and adequate drainage.
Prepare your beds. Determine soil type. Do you have clay, loam, sandy loam or sandy soil? Good compost and mulch can help conserve water and yield great results.
Get back to nature and dig down into some rich, Texas soil! Visit Aggie Horticulture for more gardening tips, or check with your local extension agent to find out what grows best in your region.