March 17th, 2009

Cool Season Winding Down in Dallas…Spring is here!

LeslieHWell, this might be the last of our chilly weather here in the Dallas area. It was 85 degrees this past Sunday, but we’ve had a last minute cold snap today with some much, much needed rain. So we won’t complain! The last round of my cool season crops are hanging in there. Cole crops, salad greens and carrots are still producing nicely. I grew a really tasty variety of Mustard green this fall/winter called ‘Southern Giant Curled’. It’s incredibly slow to bolt (still hasn’t started) and the leaves have a sweet flavor followed by just the right amount of Dijon Mustard flavor and heat. Not to mention, it’s pretty. I forgot I’d thrown out some direct seeded cauliflower a few months ago and stumbled upon a few nice heads in the garden. The cilantro from last fall left me with some volunteers that sprouted in January and are filling out nicely now. It’s always handy when the plants do the work for you and you don’t have to buy new ones! The snap peas seeded in late January are creeping up the trellises and the potatoes planted in February are just now starting to peek out of the soil. The fava beans are blooming gangbusters and are incredibly fragrant. Spring time is definitely here as all the spring flowering trees and tulips are in full swing. Here are a few shots of some ornamental peaches, a weeping cherry and some camellias to brighten your day. I’ll be planting my tomato and pepper transplants outdoors next week. Shortly thereafter I’ll direct seed beans, cucumbers, squash and corn. Can’t wait! Happy Spring.

Comments

    Hi Leslie
    I live in Dallas too and very new to Gardening. We have a small backyard and I started my veggie garden in the backyard couple years back.
    Do you have a big space on the backyard for the garden?
    Is it possible to see some pictures of how you set up your garden. Right now I have my veggies by the fence corner. Appreciate it.

    We’re on the East Coast. We had some very warm Spring weather a week or so ago but a very wet week this week. Everything is very green and growing nicely. Best of luck with your gardens!

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