Category Archives: Vegetables

Asparagus 2

Asparagus 2 by Byron Chitwood, Hunt County Master Gardener.   If you would like to plan an Asparagus bed, now is the time to get started.  This article will discuss a limited size bed which should eventually produce enough for a family of four by the third year after planting.  The site for this new bed should have full sunshine or as much during the day as possible.  It should be in a well drained area and have access to a water supply.  Wild creatures such as rabbits… Read More →

Late Fall Vegetables

LATE FALL VEGETABLES – Byron Chitwood After our hot summers, we are all looking forward for a change to a cool fall.  With this cooler weather coming on, now is the time to plan for late fall vegetables in our garden plots.  The first ones that come to mind are turnips and beets.  Both of these vegetables are prized for both their greens and roots.  Both can be planted from mid- August through the end of September.  After cleanup of the spaces allocated for the two vegetables, till… Read More →

Fall Tomatoes

Fall Tomatoes by Byron Chitwood. It might sound like it is too early to plant fall tomatoes, especially when the ones that were planted in the spring are at the height of their production.  However, if fall tomatoes are expected to mature before the frost gets them, they should be planted now or very soon.  Unfortunately, not many transplants are available this time of the year, but if you are lucky enough to find some, buy and plant them as soon as possible. They will require more care… Read More →

Late Spring Gardening

Late Spring Gardening by Byron Chitwood This spring has been a wet one, so much so that gardeners were unable to get in some vegetables such as lettuce and spinach.  Also late to get planted were the Cole family including broccoli, cabbage and kale.  They are still for sale in your favorite nursery or do it yourself stores so if you have not planted them yet, go ahead and give it a try.  I planted some of these earlier but for some reason, the broccoli bolted and flowered… Read More →

Early Spring Gardens

Early Spring Gardens by Stephanie Suesan Smith, Ph.D. The first week of February is time to plant early vegetables in Hunt County.  Even with all the weird weather we have had this year, you should give it a try. First, be sure and prepare your bed to receive the seeds and plants it is about to cradle.  Till it to a depth of twelve inches either mechanically or by hand.  Spread three inches of compost on the tilled area and mix it in with the soil well.  The… Read More →


Onions by Diana Sidebottom I know you’re thinking, who gardens in January?  Well, onion lovers do, and it’s time to get onion slips in the ground.  Onions are rugged plants that can withstand some temperatures below freezing, which is good because they need to be planted 4 to 6 weeks before the last frost date.  Varieties well suited for East Texas can be purchased in small bundles of 50 -100 at this time of the year. Plant your slips as soon as possible, but if you are unable… Read More →

Potatoes and Onions

Potatoes and Onions by Byron Chitwood Now is the time to start thinking about planting potatoes and onions. As of mid January, most of the sources for seed potatoes and onions were stocked up and ready to make a sale. The planting guide suggests planting onions between February 1 and the 20th. The recommendation for potatoes is February 10 and the 26th. However, these can safely be planted up until St. Patrick’s Day which is March 17. I am beginning to think Neil Sperry is right. We are… Read More →

Winter Garden Clean-Up

Winter Garden Clean-Up by Byron Chitwood It is time to clean up the garden patch now that we have had some real cold weather. Start with the asparagus bed. The freezes killed the top growth of the asparagus so it is time to remove the dead ferns and get ready for the next harvest season which begins in late February or early march. First of all, the freeze was beneficial since it killed all the chiggers or red bugs. Therefore, you don’t need to worry about getting bitten… Read More →


Garlic by Diana Sidebottom Extra, Extra, Read All About It. This just in from the AP network. The clinical trial of a mouthwash containing 2.5% fresh garlic shows good antimicrobial activity for killing germs and bacteria, although the majority of the participants reported an unpleasant aftertaste and halitosis. Seriously? Garlic Mouthwash? I would like to know who funded that clinical trial to see if they have any extra money laying around for (the most ridiculous thing you can think of) trial because I’m going to sign up! Garlic… Read More →

Not Too Late for Fall Garden

Not Too Late for Fall Garden by Byron Chitwood It is not too late to plant some of the vegetables in your fall garden.  Up until the last few days, the sun has been so hot that most vegetables that were planted at the earliest recommended planting date did not germinate properly if at all.  I suffered right along with the rest of you and in some cases, I have replanted at least twice.  The only ones that I planted that seemed to thrive were mustard greens.  These… Read More →