Growing Armenian Cucumbers in Texas

Metki-Dark Armenian cucumber ready to harvest

Armenian cucumbers (Cucumis melo Var. flexuosus), are easy to grow and very prolific producers. They grow very well in Texas and are more heat tolerant than regular cucumbers.

Growing Cucumbers in Texas

Persian cucumbers ready to harvest

Cucumbers are super easy to grow and very prolific producers. Cucumbers are a low-calorie food with small amounts of potassium, vitamin C, magnesium and fiber. Cucumber Varieties: There are many varieties of cucumbers. Two varieties that I like to grow are Persian and English cucumbers. Both have hardly any seeds and a thin skin that […]

Growing Kale in Texas

Dwarf Blue Curled kale in a wash tub

Kale Varieties Kale is a very popular green that is very versatile and used in a lot of vegetable dishes. Kale is a great source of Vitamin K, Vitamin C, and Vitamin A. Dwarf Blue Curled Kale Planting Kale really grows best when planted in September or early October for a cool season crop here […]

Growing and Cooking Collard Greens in Texas

Collards or Collard Greens

Collards are a tasty green that has had a long history in the South. We love our collard greens. Collard leaves look somewhat similar to cabbage and they are a great source of Vitamin K, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, beta-carotene, calcium, and magnesium. They do contain oxalic acid like spinach and Swiss chard. Collard Varieties […]

Swiss Chard: a Beautiful Tasty Green that Grows Well in Texas

Swiss Chard is a great green to grow in Texas because it is much more cold hardy and heat resistant to bolting or going to seed than lettuce. It is also high in vitamins C and A, calcium, potassium, and iron and tastes somewhat like asparagus. It does contain a little oxalic acid like spinach […]

Growing Parsnips in Texas


Parsnips are a wonderful crop to grow through the winter in Texas. In fact, cold weather imparts the parsnip root with a sweeter flavor! Parsnips can be planted in the fall and harvested in early March so that the bed is available again to grow spring vegetables. Parsnips prefer full sun and rock-free soil that […]

Growing Salad Greens in Texas during the Fall and Winter

Loose Leaf Salad

Fall and winter are some of the best times to grow salad greens in Texas! Why? Because salad greens thrive in temperatures between 40 to 70 degrees and withstand light freezes (to 28 degrees), without any protection. The cooler temperature also insures that the crop of salad greens lasts longer because hotter temperatures make them […]

Controlling Grasshoppers Organically in the Urban Garden

Holding Grasshoppers by the legs

In the last couple weeks I have noticed a rise in the number of grasshoppers in the garden and surrounding fields. I am not really surprised because last year we had hordes of grasshoppers. In fact, the grasshoppers were so numerous that more than a few people in these parts made allusions to the plague […]

Helping to Protect Your Tomatoes from the Birds

bird netting

Method 1 The first method involves the use of netting. In the past I used bird netting, but stopped using it when I found small lizards and birds could become entangled in it. Now I use a small hole netting called tulle from material stores. It is very economical and comes in a variety of […]

Growing Zucchini and Yellow Squash

zucchini and yellow squash

Zucchini and yellow squash are some of the simplest and most rewarding vegetables to grow in your garden. Zucchini and yellow squash are summer squash varieties. They grow into bushlike plants that stand almost 3 feet tall and several feet wide. Planting Zucchini and Yellow Squash Plant summer squash in the spring after the danger […]