Bluebonnets peeking up all over the city are a reliable signal that it is time to plant your favorite vegetables. The last frost of spring is behind us, the ground is sufficiently warm, and the temperature is mild for Texas, so the conditions for gardening couldn’t be better. The top ten vegetables to get in the ground now include asparagus, beets, broccoli, cabbage, lettuce, peas, pole beans, Swiss chard, and tomato and onion transplants.
As you plan your garden, be sure to use varieties recommended for Texas Gardening Zone 3 (which corresponds to USDA Hardiness Zone 8). Pay close attention to the Hardiness Zone listed on seed packets and plants to avoid a wilty crop once the thermostat rises in April and May.
Who You Gonna Call?
New to Texas gardening and need a little advice? The Bexar County Master Gardener Homeowners Hotline offers advice from a certified Master Gardener. The service is free, and staffed by trained volunteers who aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty. Call (210) 631-0406, Monday-Friday from 9 am – 4 pm, or send your question via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Another great resource is Texas A & M’s horticulture website, which provides easy to follow fact sheets on everything from why your tomato leaves are wilting to building a backyard aquaponic system. They also provide an “Ask an Expert” tool.
Show Us Your Squash
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