Fall and Winter Vegetable Gardening in Texas

To show several winter greens growing in the garden.

A selection of vegetables that grow well during the winter in Texas. The entry for each vegetable includes: the best time to plant, the best varieties, and the temperature at which the plant should be covered for extra warmth.

Growing Transplants from Seeds

Transplanting extra Sweet Basil into 6-packs to give away.

A method for increasing the success rate of growing transplants of plants that have very small seeds that are not as easy to grow in the open garden. This method increases the chance of more plants germinating, gives the plants a good start away from pests on the ground, and provides a back-stock for replacement plants and extras for gifts.

Growing Armenian Cucumbers in Texas

Metki-Dark Armenian cucumber ready to harvest

How to grow Armenian Cucumbers in Texas. Armenian Cucumbers are more heat tolerant than regular cucumbers and grow well in the Texas heat.

Growing Cucumbers in Texas

Persian cucumbers ready to harvest

How to successfully grow cucumbers in Texas. The best trellises for cucumbers and when to harvest. Persian and English Cucumbers are specifically discussed.

The Texas Spiny Lizard: a Gardener’s Friend

Texas Spiny Lizard Sunning on a log

How to attract and keep Texas Spiny Lizards in your garden for natural pest control. Information about the difference between male and female lizards, egg laying, and habitat are discussed.

Growing Kale in Texas

Dwarf Blue Curled kale in a wash tub

How to successfully grow kale in Texas. How to plant, harvest and cook kale. Different varieties of kale are discussed and the best season to plant them in Texas.

Growing and Cooking Collard Greens in Texas

Collards or Collard Greens

How to successfully grow Collards or Collard Greens in Texas. How to plant, harvest for a continuous crop from fall through early spring, clean and cook collard greens are discussed.