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Easiest Home Gardening Plants To Grow In North Texas

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Home gardening is a stress-reducing activity that can bring joy into your life. Although planning a garden can take place any time of the year, right now is the perfect time to begin planning your garden this year if you want a head start. No matter whether you have a lot of space or no space at all there are options for your gardening dreams. Keep reading to learn more about the easiest plants to grow in your garden this year.

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While some of these plants are best suited for gardening beds in a yard, some of these plants can accommodate smaller growing requirements such as container gardening. We’ve chosen plants that we’ve found easy to plant and grow with success. You will increase your chances of a successful gardening experience by using fertile, well-drained soil, a watering system, and plenty of sunshine. Most problems with the heat of the direct sun in North Texas can be solved with proper watering and drainage. Here are the recommended outdoor planting dates in North Texas for edible garden plants from Texas A&M.

Easiest Home Gardening Plants To Grow In North Texas

Here’s a list of our favorite garden plants to grow for eating in North Texas. Be sure to also check out this list of Recommended Planting Dates for North Texas by Texas A&M.

Onions

In North Texas, onions are best planted in late January to mid-February directly in soil. For those with smaller yards, you might consider planting in flowerbeds that get plenty of sunlight. The long, green to bluish-green blades will look interesting in your flowerbeds paired with pollinators. They will need to be planted about 4 inches apart to make room for the growing bulb. Choose short day or intermediate onions types to ensure proper bulb growth and grow onion starts which can be bought from any local nursery. The entire onion plant is edible.

Plant late January through February

Red or Blue Potatoes

Best grown in raised beds, we’ve found red and blue potatoes grow best in North Texas. You will want to get these in the ground no later than mid-February or else it will get too hot before they have time to grow. Potatoes are ready to harvest when tops have stopped growing and begin to die which happens in late May or June. Plant “seed” potatoes are potatoes that have “eyes.” You can slice larger seed potatoes as long as they have 1-2 “eyes” growing on each slice. Let them dry overnight before planting to prevent disease or rot. Keep evenly watered and cover any potatoes that show while growing with soil.

Plant mid-February to late February

Rainbow Chard

Easily grown from seed, chard or rainbow chard is hardy, beautiful, and nutritious. Not only does it look great in flower beds or in your garden bed, you’ll enjoy eating the very young cuttings in salad or cooking the larger leaves in soups, stir-fries, and as a cooked green. Chard also doesn’t take up a lot of space for growing so consider putting these in a large, pretty pot to display. If kept watered and well taken care of they can last for a couple seasons before bolting and going to seed.

Can be planted by seed or transplants any time of the year

Tomatoes

Tomatoes are a garden classic and nothing says a garden quite like tomatoes! Not only can tomatoes be beautiful and interesting garden specimens, but they are also nutritious. Before buying tomato plants or seeds, first determine what kind will do best in your garden–determinate or indeterminate. For smaller spaces or container gardening, choose determinate varieties as these will stop growing at a determined height, whereas indeterminate types will continue growing until either it gets too hot or the first freeze. One benefit of indeterminate types is that you can cut off branches of the tomato vine and regrow them as they root easily. This is a great way to get more tomato plants or to extend the harvest season.

Plant after the last frost through mid-summer

Butternut Squash

This plant takes up quite a bit of space than other garden plants, but we had to include it in this list because not only are they easy to grow, in our experience they have less problems with pests while also being a great source of nutrition and fiber. Butternut is easy to grow by seed and believe or not you can use the seeds from a butternut squash you just bought at the store (which is a cost-effective and yummy way to get seeds!) to grow these plants. Grow butternut directly in the garden bed or use a large container. The vines will get long and its best to let them grow over a trellis or fence. Keep the plants well watered. They are ready to pick once the fruits turn tan and lose their sheen. Store in a cool, dry place. Blossoms are edible.

Plant after the last frost through June

Acorn Squash

Acorn square doesn’t take up as much space as butternut, but is also easy to grow and again in our experience doesn’t have as many problems as other types of squash in North Texas such as zuchinni and crookneck squash. Acorn squash grows on “bush” type plants so they need less space than butternut squash. Keep well watered and store the squash in a cool, dry place. Blossoms are edible.

Plant after the last frost through June

Peppers

There is a wide variety of peppers in varying heats to satisfy your cravings and all of them do well in North Texas with plenty of sunshine and warmth. Peppers of all varieties are sensitive to cold and will drop their flowers, become damaged or die if temperatures drop, so be sure to only set these outdoors after the last frost which usually happens after Easter. If you want to get a head start and plant them earlier, then by all means do so, but watch the weather and cover them at the first sign of cold.

Plant after the last frost through June

Okra

Yes, we said okra. Okra comes in several varieties and heights, but what makes this Southern staple unique are it’s tropical-looking flowers and abundant harvest once they get going in the heat of summer. Okra is also drought tolerant. Okra is best grown in full sun and harvested every day while they are producing. Okra can get quite tall–sometime towering to 6 feet tall, so plant these in the back of the garden.

Plant May and June

Beans

Grown during the cooler weather or spring or fall, bush green (or purple) beans should be planted about 2 inches apart and kept well watered during the growing season. Planting them closer together helps keep competing weeds from growing and also increases yield without lowering quality. These can be grown by seed and sprout quickly.

Plant spring and fall

Eggplant

Forget the big, round variety common in grocery stores, opt for the tastier Asian varieties which are skinnier and longer. Kept watered and harvested, these plants continue producing in abundance from summer through the first frost. They are require full sun. Eggplant can also be grown in containers for smaller spaces.

Plant after the last frost through June

Herbs

Great in large or small gardens, herbs can also be grown on a kitchen windowsill for fresh flavor any time of the year. Our favorite herbs to grow are basil, rosemary, thyme, parsley, chives, and cilantro (this will die back during the heat of the summer but can be regrown during the fall). Lemon balm also does well in North Texas and smells like citrus when crushed.

Read package instructions. Can be grown year-round indoors.

Best Plants To Grow For Eating In North Texas

Growing a home garden is easy and sustainable in North Texas with these tasty and nutritious plants!

Recommended Planting Dates for North Texas by Texas A&M

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