A garden is the best alternative therapy.

Spring is almost here. What/when should you plant? Read below.

I decided to do a little research so that I can put those dates out there for anyone else looking for vegetables to plant in Central Texas and when to plant them.

I discovered that the Travis County website has a monthly planting calendar that is quite helpful. In addition, I used the Aggie Planting Chart that I’ve referred to many times on this blog, as well as another calendar put out by Texas A&M research center in Stephenville (North Central Texas) and a calendar put out by Austin Organic Gardeners.  Below is the information I compiled.

Herbs: Almost all herbs can be planted this month, either by seed or by transplant. One exception would be basil, which will not tolerate even a light frost. Parsley should be planted in the first two weeks of March.

March 1st – 15th:

Broccoli (season ends)
Kale (by end of first week)
Mustard (season ends)
Peas (season ends)
Spinach (season ends)
Turnips (season ends)

March 15-31:

Basil (wait until the end of month)
Beans (lima, snap, black-eye peas)
Cantaloupe (fourth week)
Chard (by end of third week, season ends)
Collards (by end of third week, season ends)
Corn (sweet)
Endive (by end of third week, season ends)
Kale (by end of third week, season ends)
Lettuce (by end of third week, season ends)
Pepper plants (wait until end of the month)
Radishes (by end of the month, season ends)
Spinach (New Zealand variety, cold weather varieties are done)
Watermelon (fourth week)


Comments on: "Vegetable Planting Dates for Central Texas" (22)

  1. It’s very helpful to have such list. I’ll go check if our county has anything like this. Happy March to you!

    • roundrockgarden said:

      Right back at ya! And thank you for visiting – I love your blog. I found it through Blotanical.

  2. Even though we can grow veggies anytime of the year in Malaysia, without having to follow a specific schedule …, it is difficult to keep veggies straight up and continue growing during rainy season. Container gardening solve that damaging rains factor. ~bangchik

    • roundrockgarden said:

      It’s interesting the unique challenges each area of the world poses to gardeners. Container gardens do well here, but we have to be careful to water frequently or the plants burn up in our hot and dry climate. The challenge here is to get plants out early enough so that they have time to mature and produce before 90 – 100 degree weather hits by June. Luckily, what fails in the Spring has another opportunity in the fall – and generally an even better chance because the weather only gets cooler. Thanks for visiting!

      • Hi,
        I have been reading your blog and learning a lot. I am planting my first veggie garden this spring in containers like you have. How do I know how much to water them? I haven’t found information on this yet. Thought you wouldn’t mind helping me out. thanks!

      • roundrockgarden said:

        Lisa, congratulations on your new veggie garden! The question of how much to water is an important one. Unfortunately, there is no clear, across-the-board answer. Different veggies require different watering schedules. Tomatoes, for example, do not need as much water as peppers – if you water them too much you’ll encourage blossom end rot.

        Another factor to consider is the type of bed you are using. I have found that raised beds hold less water and, therefore, require more frequent watering than in-ground gardens.

        Another important factor is the amount of rainfall the plants receive. The more the rain, obviously the less supplemental watering. However, given that you seem to be here in Central Texas and considering that we’ve been in a drought since September, you’ll probably have to water quite a bit – especially since weather is now reaching ninety degrees in March!

        As a general rule of thumb, I like to test each area of the garden by sticking my finger into the dirt an inch or two. If the dirt is dry – you can’t feel any moisture within the first couple of inches, then it’s time to water. It is always better to do less frequent DEEP watering than it is to do more frequent shallow watering. What this means is that you want to give the plants a good soaking at least once a week (like tomatoes), then then them dry out a bit in between. Plants like peppers and cucumbers will require deep watering two to three times a week – depending upon the factors I’ve mentioned above.

        Also, since natural rainfall is always best for the plants, you may want to consider a rain barrel or collection container of some sort. Tap water is high in chlorine which isn’t good for the root system or the soil. If there is no rainfall, it is best to fill the collection container with regular tap water and let it sit for at least 24 hours before using it on the plants. That way the chlorine has time to escape the water before you use it.

        It is always best to water from the base of the plant than it is from the top. Watering from above leaves the plants wet and encourages fungal diseases. To water, get down at the base of the plant and soak well.

        Choose an appropriate time to water. Watering during the heat of the day will result in most of the water evaporating before it actually reaches the root system and may actually hurt the plants. Watering in the evening may leave the plant wet for many hours, also increasing susceptibility to disease. I choose to water early in the morning. However, if the plant is extremely dry, it is better to water it than it is to wait until morning to do so – no matter if it’s the middle of the day or late in the evening.

        As you can see, it’s a challenge to consider all of these factors and water your plants accordingly. Too little or too much watering can harm the plant, so there is a balance you’ll have to reach and only you’ll know when it’s right. I hope this helps. Good luck!

  3. What helpful information that I am sure that many are looking for. I should probably post some planting dates for our area as well :^)

    • roundrockgarden said:

      I guess it is! I’ve gotten more hits for that blog entry than for any other blog I’ve written to date! Thanks for coming by, Noelle!

  4. Oops! I planted my basil today. I’m about two weeks early. Those are great sites to refer to for planting. Also, I’m glad to know about your blog!

  5. Hello, I really enjoyed reading about your organic garden in the “about the garden” section. Sounds like you will have lots of great veggies to eat and some beautiful flowers for the bees and butterflies! Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting on my rain post. I appreciate it, and I look forward to following the progress of your own garden.
    Best wishes, Deborah

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  7. I am planting my first garden this year, where is the best place to get potted vegetables for transplant? Also my daughter really wants to plant cantaloupe, what is your opinion on how it will do? Thanks for any help.

    • roundrockgarden said:

      If you live in South Austin, I’d check out The Natural Gardener off of Old Bee Cave Road. They have a wide selection of both native flowering plants and vegetables. Cantaloupe should do well for you. You’ll want to get them going around April 1st. Good Luck!

  8. Thanks for those dates!

    Loved your writing style. Really entices me to start prepping my own spring garden…

    Thanks and keep up with your good work!

  9. Hi,
    We just moved to Austin from Belgium. We lived on a 25 acre organic garden/farm. We would like to buy some land near Austin where we could grow our own vegetables. Perhaps even a large pumpkin patch. We have been looking at acreage within 30-45 min of NorthWest Austin. Are there any areas that come to mind with decent soil or are we stuck with having to create raised beds?
    Thanks for the planting schedule. I hope to have a home again the spring and start experimenting!

  10. Thank you for doing this.

  11. Great info. Thanks for posting!

  12. Thank you so much! Best information I have found for Austin!!!!

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