Currently, I live in the Texas hill country, just north west of San Antonio.
Searingly hot and dry central Texas is a tough place to grow food.
Because of this I have a list of rules that I created for veggie gardening in this part of Texas.
I break them a lot, of course! I'm always trying to push my boundaries. But I do find if I follow them I am a lot happier with my garden.
The first rule is the hardest to follow, and the hardest to explain!
Rule #1: No planting between April and August! I mean it!
This rule may be hard to adhere to, but it makes so much sense. I would have never thought of it before moving to Montana and realizing that MOST of the country doesn't garden in the winter. It's obvious up there because there is no way things will grow if you plant them at the wrong time.
In Texas, if you plant things at the wrong time, they will try to grow and will quickly die. Then the gardener feels at fault, but really just their timing was off.
In Texas we have an awesome opportunity to garden all winter long, but we trade it for the most frustrating summer a gardener could imagine.
Here are 5 things that are annoying about central Texas summers:
But that's okay! Because you don't have to garden in Texas in the summer! It's not required in order to grow some delicious food. Even though I am still harvesting veggies well into June, I don't plant any veggies in April, May, June, July, or August.
Which means I haven't put a seed in the ground since March, so I am in a bit of gardening withdrawal. But I've been busy with nursing school and I've been reading, sewing, and relaxing in the A/C. I've also been spending my evenings riding bikes once the sun gets low on the horizon.
I am getting tired of my hiatus though, so it's time to start planning and doing the non-planting work so that come September I can hit the ground running!