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 […]

Ranunculus: Flower Power for Texas Winters

Ranunculus Asiaticus or Persian Buttercups

Ranunculus Asiaticus or Persian Buttercups can brighten a Texas winter like no other flower! That is because ranunculus produces prolific 3” to 4” ethereal blossoms borne on 12” to 18” stems in show-stopping pink, red, rose, orange, white, and yellow. They look too delicate and special to grow over the winter. But don’t let appearances […]

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 […]

Fall is the Time to Divide and Transplant Perennials

perennial flower bed

Fall has finally arrived in North Texas! Fall (before the frost), is the best time to divide and plant your perennial flowers so that they have time to develop good, strong root systems for spring bloom. Perennials are plants with a life cycle of three or more years, compared to an annual that lives for […]

Growing Cherokee Blue Mustard for Food and Seeds

cherokee blue mustard seed

Plant Cherokee Blue Mustard seeds 1/8″ deep in a sunny location in well-drained soil in the fall or spring. The Cherokee Blue Mustard in this blog and video was planted in late September and the seeds were harvested the last week of May. Cherokee Blue Mustard grows through the winter here in Texas. Seeds were […]