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We moved from Illinois to Texas a couple of years ago, and I finally have a yard ripe for gardening. Only problem - I have NO idea how to garden in this climate! I am not a complete gardening novice, but it has been a little while, so I'm a bit rusty. And I'm certain it's going to be very different from gardening in the Midwest.<br><br>
We will definitely use raised beds, since our soil isn't that great and is pretty rocky. I was thinking along the lines of SFG, but I really want to grow a lot. DS is a huge veggie nut and our grocery bill for those alone is ridiculous. Our backyard is pretty large for suburbia, so room shouldn't be an issue. I just really don't know what to plant that won't die in the Texas heat! I think tomatoes and peppers should be fine, but even now, it's already 70-80 during the day, so I wonder if I've started too late.<br><br>
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what area of Southern texas??<br>
Valley close to the coast? (alice, mcallen, kingsville)<br>
Valley-Valley? (laredo Del Rio crystal city)<br>
South of San Antonio (and thus hill country run off from lakes/streams - Devine, Pearsal, Floresville)<br>
West/South Texas (Ozona, Juno, Sanderson?)<br><br>
each area will have differnt things that grow well, don;t grow well, etc.<br><br>
there are things I could grow just fine in South San Antonio that I couldn;t grow in Victoria, and still others that my MIL grows in New Braunfels that I needto water-constantly here.
 

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San Antonio, *just* south of Helotes - about 1/2 mile from that lovely 2007 mulch fire (which is why I didn't garden last year, I couldn't breathe outside until almost summer). Very new subdivision, tried to anchor our patio umbrella last year and bent the lawn anchor (screw-down type). Not certain it'd be worth trying to till the actual soil, so I'm willing to truck in whatever I need. With all the rain we had last spring, our yard was beautiful, so I know that things will grow, but I'm also aware that was very unusual.<br><br>
ETA - our home faces south but has a pretty large backyard. Our back fenceline gets full sun all day, side lines get partial shade as the sun rises and falls. Against the house is mostly shaded.
 

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okay good, I totally know that area.<br><br>
Obviously you can do tomatoes and peppers. Hot peppers, swet peppers, bell peppers. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
You can also do differnt squashes, and melons. Watermelon especially. Do you have the dark Helotes dirt or the silty stuff?<br>
If you have dark and some slight partial shade you can totally do strawberries. RIGHT NOW actually. Get them in before the end of the month. Strawberry harvest around here is early - March/April.<br><br>
Yams grow very well, as do onions, corn, sunflowers.<br>
In the fall you can do broccoli and cauliflower.<br><br><br>
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your ground is most likely compacted from the recent construcion equipment.<br>
You;d be doing your lawn (and yourself eventually) a favor to till and or aerate it. You might want ot buy a few yards of soil and mix that in at the time of tilling.
 

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We did have the entire yard tilled prior to the sod being placed down, so it's pretty decent, just hard. We will probaby aerate, especially after all the rain from last year. So many of those storms just dumped and the water soaked in at such different rates, the yard almost looks bumpy in places. It's definitely NOT dark though.<br><br>
Tomatoes and peppers were definitely on my list, I can't wait to make fresh spaghetti sauce out of my own roasted tomatoes. Drool, drool... But strawberries, you say.... hadn't thought about those. Maybe I'll see if I can get my hands on some, not that DS would eat them. No worries though, that just means more for me!<br><br>
What about things like peas or green beans? DS is crazy for anything and everything green, he loves his green veggies. Carrots? Cucumbers? Any lettuces able to grow in the heat?
 

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I'm not sure what zone you are in, this is a guide geared towards Austin, but it shouldn't be drastically different from San Antonio? (ha, it's texas it could be a world different!!!!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">) <a href="http://www.tcmastergardener.org/html/january.html" target="_blank">http://www.tcmastergardener.org/html/january.html</a> Maybe you have a master gardener webpage for your county? or a cooperative extension page? those are helpful!<br>
It's been really hot and now kinda cold (<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> texas weather!) here, just north of Austin. What really stinks is that even if we have a good month of warm weather a freak April freeze could come and destroy everything. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:<br>
The lettuce I had that was shaded by other plants didn't bolt until late May or June? Spring lettuce grows fast, much faster than fall planted I learned this year!<br>
Welcome to this addictive hangout! (digging in the earth)
 

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jessaries, thank you so much for that link! I was able to find the San Antonio/Bexar county websites and they had a ton of information. Looks like I need to get cracking - a lot of things can be put in the ground before February here. Hopefully DH is up for a trip to the garden center tomorrow!
 
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