Gardening in Houston: Fall planting starts now!

Fall Gardening starts now! Getting your garden going early is necessary to race to a mature harvest before the first winter frost happens around December 20th. I made the mistake of starting my garden too late in the spring and not beating the heat this summer, so I’m really hoping that fall yields better results!

I’m planning on planting snap beans, beets, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, cucumbers, garlic, parsley, kale, lettuce, arugula, onion, snap peas, bell peppers, spinach and tomatoes. This will be my first time starting vegetables from seed, and I’m excited to see how this experiment goes. Based on all of my research, the most important thing is really to plan ahead so that your seedlings are ready to thrive when it cools down enough for them. The deeper I got into my research, the more confused I got with all of the varieties, weather variances, soil acidity, etc., so I wanted to keep this first fall garden simple and focus only on when to do what.

I compiled the suggested date ranges on to calendars so I can refer to it throughout the season. At first glance, the calendars I made look pretty busy, but it really is just showing the date range that is recommended for planting each kind of vegetables. Some can be direct sow or transplanted from seedlings, while others have a preference.

Houston Gardening in July
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Houston Gardening in October
Houston Gardening in November

If you want to try to use the same schedule for your Houston garden, you can download a printable version of this calendar.

And make sure to follow along with my garden progress on instagram!


Disclaimer: I’m totally a newbie gardener, so all of this is based on research, not my own experience! I compiled information for several sources, all listed here:

garden.org / randylemmon.com / harris.agrilife.org