In this updated 2nd edition of Texas Fruit & Vegetable Gardening, you'll find much-needed advice and practical tips on growing an edible garden, no matter which part of The Lone Star State you call home.
Growing in Texas isn’t easy. It’s either too hot, too cold, too wet, or too dry. The state ranges from a cold winter climate in the north to an almost tropical one in the south. And it goes from very alkaline limestone soils in the Hill Country to extremely acidic soils in East Texas. That's why this region-specific garden guide is a must-have for every Texas gardener!
Seasoned horticulturist, conservationist, garden writer, and seventh-generation Texan Greg Grant simplifies the ins and outs of Texas gardening and serves as your guide to success. Regardless of whether you're tending an in-ground plot, a small container garden, or a series of raised beds,Texas Fruits & Vegetable Gardening is an invaluable resource. From soil preparation and starting seeds to fertilizer tips and techniques for safely managing Texas's most troublesome vegetable garden pests, you'll find all the answers you're looking for.
Inside, you'll find detailed profiles of over 60 edible plants that thrive in Texas's distinctive growing conditions, including favorites like cantaloupe, tomatoes, collards, summer squash, okra, and pomegranates. In addition to vegetables and fruits, also featured are popular herbs and even edible nuts. Helpful charts and planting graphs keep you on track, while the garden maintenance tips found throughout ensure a lush, productive, and high-yielding garden.
Regardless of whether you're a first-time grower or an experienced Master Gardener, the modern varieties and well-researched gardening information found here will have you going from seed to harvest with confidence and know-how.
Texas Fruit & Vegetable Gardening is part of the regional Fruit & Vegetable Gardening series from Cool Springs Press. Other books in the series include CaliforniaFruit & Vegetable Gardening, Mid-Atlantic Fruit & Vegetable Gardening, Carolinas Fruit & Vegetable Gardening, and many others.
Greg Grant is a horticulturist, conservationist, garden writer, and seventh generation Texan from Arcadia, Texas. He is author of Texas Fruit & Vegetable Gardening (2021), and co-author of Heirloom Gardening in the South: Yesterday's Plants for Today's Gardens (2011, Texas A&M Press), In Greg's Garden: A Pineywoods Perspective on Gardening, Nature, and Family (2010), Home Landscaping: Texas (2004) and The Southern Heirloom Garden (1995). He also writes the popular "In Greg's Garden" column for Texas Gardener magazine, and contributes regularly to Neil Sperry's Gardens magazine.
Table of Contents
Welcome to Gardening in Texas
The GardenHow to Get Started
Starting at the Beginning with Seeds
Creating the Perfect Soil
Watering the Garden
Disease and Pest Control
Gardening with Children
Harvest and StorageVegetables and HerbsArugula, Asparagus, Basil, Beet, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cantaloupe, Carrot, Cauliflower,
Cilantro, Collards, Cucumber, Dill, Eggplant, English Pea, Field Corn, Garlic, Green Bean, Hot Pepper,
Kale, Lettuce, Mustard Greens, Okra, Onion, Oregano, Parsley, Potato, Pumpkin, Radish, Rosemary,
Shell Bean, Snow Pea, Southern Pea, Spinach, Sugar Cane, Summer Squash, Sweet Corn, Sweet Pepper
Sweet Potato, Swiss Chard, Tomatillo, Tomato, Turnip, Watermelon, Winter SquashFruitsApple, Blackberry, Blueberry, Citrus, Fig, Grape, Loquat, Mayhaw, Muscadine, Olive, Peach, Pear, Persimmon, Plum, Pomegranate, Strawberry Nuts
Need More Help? Common Organic Fertilizers
Last and First Freeze Dates
Recognizing Symptoms of Nutrient Deficiencies
Refrigeration Storage Time for Vegetable Seeds
Vegetable Storage Requirements
Growing Transplants 101
Adjusting Soil pH
Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service Glossary
My Family Recipes
Meet Greg Grant