I was clueless about how to garden in Texas. I knew that there were two growing seasons here, but didn't really understand how to garden for them. I started my plants way too late in the Spring, and wasn't sure when the fall season started so just didn't try. Not knowing that different plants should be grown in different seasons, I planted a lot of things at the wrong time. I didn't even know there was such a thing as cool season and warm season annuals. And lets not even get into how little I know about maintaining a lawn...living on a boat and then in the mountains, we never even had a lawn growing up.
This year has been different, cause I've had help. The book Month-to-Month Gardening in Texas has been teaching me when to plant things, and I've even been starting to inch my way towards proper lawn maintenance. I wish I had gotten this book years ago...it would have saved me, and the poor plants I was trying to grow, a lot of agony!
WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THIS BOOK
I love the month to month guidance! I like knowing exactly what to plant, and what maintenance to do on my plants each month, what conditions to expect, etc. It's written in a way that's simple to understand, and the layout makes it easy to find what you need. I recommend this for anyone who's new to Texas.
WHAT COULD BE BETTER
While I absolutely love this book, there's a few things I think could be improved.
- While I love the month to month layout, I wish they hadn't separated it into different types of plants (grass, trees, shrubs, vegetables, etc.) they way they did. I think a better layout would be to have all the things you do in a certain month in one place, to cause less flipping around.
- They could have given more guidance on when to plant herbs. I realize herbs can be planted with more flexibility, but if they had been included in the "what to plant this month" section, that would have been nice. A few herbs, like Basil, were mentioned, but not many.
- Though the book is perfect for a newcomer like me, I should note that many people who reviewed this book mentioned that it was too basic, so if you feel like you've got the basics of Texas gardening down, this may not be the book for you.
Though I highly recommend this book for new Texans, you can also find a lot of this info online. Also, if you have a local garden club, they may have info on their website, or sell a book of their own, with even more specific info for your area.
Here's some online resources for gardeing in Texas:
For Finding Planting Times
- Aggie Horticulture - Spring Vegetable Planting Guide
- Aggie Horticulture - Fall Vegetable Planting Guide
- Mother Earth News - What to Plant Now (only includes Feb - Oct)
- The Herb Companion - Texas Tagged Posts
Lots of great articles on various planting topics in Texas.
- Aggie Horticulture
So many resources to browse through. Lots of info on specific plants, charts, articles, etc..
- Wikipedia Companion Planting Chart
Though not a specifically Texan resource, I have found this invaluable in my garden.
- Heart Of Texas Urban Gardeners
- Central Texas Gardening
- Central Texas Horticulture
- Houston Herb Society