Growing Vegetables in Hunt County, Texas

by Stephanie Suesan Smith on July 18, 2011

One of the frustrations for Texas gardeners, and gardeners in general, is that articles on how to grow a particular vegetable or plant are good about telling you how to prep the soil and get the garden ready, but terribly vague about what varieties of the plant to use in your area for the best results. This is generally because such things vary widely by location and accurate advice is impossible without a location.  I am starting a series listing the information for each vegetable recommended for Hunt County, Texas along with the best varieties to grow here and something about their characteristics.

Because I have covered soil preparation in many posts, and in my book, Preparing A Vegetable Garden From The Ground Up, these articles will stick to just the facts for each vegetable:

  • seeds, cuttings, or transplants,
  • planting depth,
  • days to harvest,
  • cultivars best suited to the area,
  • when to plant for spring
  • when to plant for fall
  • special quirks

If there is other information you think would be valuable, please let me know.  I  will be basing my information on the Vegetable Variety Selector on Aggie Horticulture.  If you live somewhere other than Hunt County, you can find your county and get a list of the best varieties to grow there.  In fact, because Texas is so large, you can usually find someplace that comes close to matching your climate and use those recommendations.

For those of you that do not live here, do not worry about being bored.  I will intersperse other topics in so you will have something to interest you as well.

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Allan Douglas July 19, 2011 at 12:09 pm

Two things I look at as well as what you’ve listed above, Stephanie, are how much sunlight they need and how much water they need. I failed to put a box in an area where there is a little shade, so radishes, lettuce and carrots are doing very poorly now that the heat is on.

I did manage to avoid planting anything requiring a lot of water up hill from my potato patch, which must be allowed to dry out once the vines die.
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