There are many plants that do well in north Texas. And then there are a few that do fantastic. Texas rock rose (pavonia lasiopetala) is one of them. I have one in my front yard. It is, to be perfectly honest, neglected and left to its own devices.  It is in full sun and in poor soil. I watered it only once in the last 4 months.  Since we’re experiencing a prolonged drought, and have hardly had any rain this summer, I expected it to decline. Not die – I knew it would survive – but decline. Apparently I have underestimated it. Every morning it is covered in blooms. It satisfies my appetite for color this summer, while most things look like they are about to wither and die. This is a tough little native. Give it room as it tends to spread and make it a showpiece. It deserves it.

Texas rock rose

Texas rock rose

Spring Planting Guide.

January 20, 2011

Spring planting guide dates are based on the average freeze dates, which may differ within cities and counties. The guide is for Fort Worth- Dallas metro area. Please treat these guides as general guides and don’t be afraid to experiment. For instance, if you plant onion starts for growing green onions, your window of opportunity for planting is much wider.  Trial and error often produces wealth of experience that is priceless. Enjoy and have fun!

Asparagus (crowns) Feb 2-16
Beans, snap & lima bush Mar 16 – Apr 13 
Beans, snap pole Mar 16 – Apr 13
Beans, lima pole Mar 16 – Apr 13
Beets  Feb 2-16
Broccoli Feb 2-16
Brussels sprouts  Feb 2-16
Cabbage  Feb 2-16
Carrot  Feb 2-16
Collard (kale) Feb 2 – Mar 2
Corn, sweet   Mar 16 – Apr 27 
Cucumber    Mar 16 – Apr 27 
Eggplant   Mar 30 – Apr 27
Kohlrabi  Feb 2 – Mar 2
Lettuce    Feb 2 – Mar 30
Muskmelon (cantaloupe) Mar 16 – Apr 27
Mustard     Mar 16 – Apr 27
Okra       Mar 30 – Apr 27
Onion (sets)    Jan 5 – Feb 16
Onion (seed)   Jan 19 – Feb 2
Peas, English     Jan 19 – Mar 2
Peas, Southern  Mar 30 – May 25
Pepper     Mar 23 – May 11
Potato  Feb 2 – Feb 16
Potato, sweet      Apr 10 – May 11
Pumpkin    Mar 23 – Apr 13
Radish       Feb 16 – Apr 28 
Spinach    Jan 19 – Mar 9
Squash, summer   Mar 23 – Apr 13
Squash, winter      Mar 23 – Apr 13
Swiss chard    Feb 2 – Mar 2
Tomato (starts)       Mar 16 – May 11
Turnip, greens & roots   Feb 2 – Mar 2  
Watermelon           Mar 16 – Apr 27 
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