FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – In last week’s story, I wrote about the gift of North Texas and our three growing seasons here.
I grow my okra, melons and squash in the summer heat. Pretty much every other annual edible I grow on both sides of summer.
Here are the planting guides I follow for spring and for fall.
February is the time to put in greens like kale, Swiss chard, spinach, parsley and lettuce.
But even before these come in, you can plant beets and carrots by seed.
Look at the story. Daniel has all kinds of tips on how to get a successful harvest every spring.
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You should know that I am not a big fan of cooked beets. It dates back to my elementary school days in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, when a bunch of canned turnip greens and beets were pretty much the only vegetable spooned onto your plate.
Steaming the root is not how I use beets. I juice them for smoothies and put the greens in my salads and smoothies.
You can harvest about half the greens from a growing beet multiple times as it grows.
Growing carrots can be frustrating.
They (for me at least) have low germination rates and come out of the ground very slowly. Be sure to choose short, stubby varieties, the long-rooted carrots you see at the grocery store don’t like our clay-dominated soil. I also prune some of the greens from the plant as it grows, using it in a staple drink from the Ray house: SUPERGREEN.
It is a Viti-Mix blend of garden greens, olive oil, tomatoes, garlic and turmeric.
Believe it or not, my sons regularly drink a few shots of this stuff with me. It is equivalent to their daily leafy greens requirement, but in a concentrated form (about 4-5 ounces).
A few of my brave colleagues (and a little sorry that they became friends with me) also occasionally take a few shots.
As a gardener, I love this time of year and the spring planting season. It seems that you start early to have winter behind you.
When my raised beds start showing little bursts of green so early in the season, it fills my heart. The shorter the winter gloom in my garden, the better.