Growing vegetables in Texas is much like growing them anywhere else. They're hardy plants, and they do well in a variety of conditions. There's really no reason that gardening in Texas should cost more than doing it elsewhere. Here are some tips for Texas vegetable growing that will help make things go faster.
Growing vegetables in Texas between late spring and fall is lots of fun and will fill your fridge with lots of fresh food. Only had no idea what was going on when starting out first vegetable garden. My wife instilled seeds in my wife's little squash and as we grew together, I learned. As we moved to a larger house with more space, the vegetable garden grew to include pretty much all the vegetables we wanted.
There are many vegetables that grow well in Texas, from tomatoes, peppers, onions, squash, cabbage, and beans, to peas, carrots, and yams. We've even developed some specialty vegetables like the collard greens we grow at our end of the year. Collard greens taste much better than kale or other greens grown around the same time in other areas. A great tip for growing vegetables in colder weather is to alternate rows in row after row, to give a good root growth.
Many people will plant their vegetables in a row, or in a bed. However, I've found that if you space your beds enough you'll be able to get an even greater yield per plant. We have rows between our kitchen and garden beds, and we alternate the row spacing every two weeks or so, depending on the weather. We also alternate the timing of our fertilizing, so plants close together actually get a little less fertilizer.
It's easy to become confused when choosing seeds or varieties of vegetables. There are hundreds of different types of seeds and many of them require a special temperature and moisture level in the soil in order to germinate. For example, I find that a potato variety I always keep close to me always starts to grow pretty quickly, even though I buy some bags of seeds to germinate a few weeks prior. I just bought a couple of new varieties of sweet potatoes and am planning to put them in a row from our produce garden.
The benefits of growing your vegetables in a bed are fairly obvious, but there are many subtleties. For instance, you'll usually be planting your vegetables a bit deeper than you would if they were grown in the garden. This is because your bed will provide protection for the roots of your plants as they grow, without them being subject to the weather. Also, you'll be planting a wider variety of plants, which means you'll be growing vegetables that taste better. One crop won't be enough to meet your daily requirements, so you'll have to alternate crops, planting different colors and flavors in order to meet your dietary requirements.
Another reason that I like growing vegetables is because of the storage option they offer. You can store your vegetables for a longer period of time after you harvest them, and this saves you money because you won't need to buy fresh vegetables every week or two. Many people only get to enjoy their vegetables for a short period, and then have to discard most of them because they're inedible. With a bedded vegetable garden, however, you can save your vegetables for much longer periods of time, so you can enjoy a delicious meal with your family while saving money at the same time. When you harvest your vegetables, you can simply throw them away, making it less expensive than buying fresh vegetables every week or two.
It takes more time to grow lettuce and spinach than it does to harvest squash or zucchini, but I find these crops to be the easiest to grow. They also offer the most variety, so when you finally harvest your crops, you'll have a great selection to please any palate. Some people prefer to grow herbs, while others think vegetables are the way to go. It really doesn't matter what type of gardener you are, because growing vegetables is an enjoyable experience that offers many rewards. Gardening is good for the body, the environment, and even the pocketbook.