Time to Plant Early Spring Veggies in Fort Worth!

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Early Spring garden is planted! The broccoli and onion slips are the only visible plants right now, but soon little buds will start popping up: I’ve also planted peas, carrots, and soy beans … I’m excited to watch it grow and share my experience with you =)

I’m pretty new to raising these types of veggies – in the past, I’ve had very good luck with plants that love the heat. Peppers and tomatoes are a cinch in my raised beds. Here in North Texas, getting lots of heat over a long period of time is a pretty safe bet. But I’ve never really been “in the mood” for gardening early enough in the season to plant the early season vegetables. I’m curious to see how it goes!

On Fertilizers: I’m pretty lazy as far as gardeners go. Our soil here in North Texas is not exactly the easiest to work with, as it’s pretty heavy on the clay, so I have installed three 10’x3′ raised beds for planting food crops – DIY dirt! And while I’m not necessarily the most organic gardener (I’ve been known to use some fire ant killer at various times, and I’m not above a chemically-produced fertilizer, but I use that stuff as a last resort), I LOVE and *highly* recommend John’s Recipe by Ladybug Brand! I get mine at the local feed supply store, and I’ve also seen landscape and garden shops carry it. I have used it from the start and have never had a bad experience with it. Tomato plants seem to especially thrive on it. A little bit goes a LONG way in the home vegetable garden!

Anybody else in the planting spirit lately? I wanna know what you’re putting in the ground! What works well in your neck of the woods? What are some challenges you’ve had?


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7 thoughts on “Time to Plant Early Spring Veggies in Fort Worth!

  1. greatexpeditionsusa January 30, 2013 at 4:12 pm Reply

    I just planted some peanuts yesterday! If you want some seed, I’m sharing!
    I had some awful bugs in my garden…didn’t see what they were, so I got some Cyonara at the local feed store. For all those that want to lecture you or me about the better “natural” way of killing bugs, I’ve tried that and the bugs ate better than I did!!! After those buggars bit my wrist & finger, swelling my wedding ring to my hand, I am done messing around! Kill the suckers…and let’s have an abundant garden!!!

  2. Mikel the Explorer January 30, 2013 at 4:15 pm Reply

    I agree 100%!! Would LOVE to have some peanut seeds! What kind are they? I’ll check to see if I can grow them here.

  3. Mothering From Scratch February 2, 2013 at 4:09 pm Reply

    {Melinda} I live in Florida and not much grows here in our sandy soil and my backyard is pretty small! Would love to be able to plant a garden!

    Visiting from the Faith Blogger Network! Looking forward to getting to know you better, Mikel! 🙂

    • Mikel the Explorer February 3, 2013 at 10:36 am Reply

      Melinda – if you are interested in having a small vegetable garden, I’d recommend you check out Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew! That’s where I got my start and his method is genius in its simplicity. I’ll post about it in more detail soon!

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