Veggies and Herbs for Your Ennis, Texas Garden
If you are new to gardening (or just new to gardening in northern Texas), it’s important to understand what to grow and when. That’s where we can help. We want you to have a successful garden and that starts with choosing the right varieties and planting them at the proper time. To get you started on the road to that enticing and delicious garden, we’ve created this list of the types of veggies and herbs that grow well in Texas. Sticking to these tried-and-true local favorites will ensure that your Ellis County garden fulfills your expectations for garden-fresh goodness.
Veggies and Herbs that Grow Well in Ennis, Texas
Since we’re local gardeners ourselves, we know just what you need for your Ellis County garden. Our education, experience, and knowledge all come into play when we’re handpicking the products and plants we offer for sale. We stand behind all of our products and only choose the vegetables and herbs that we know will grow well for you here in northern Texas.
We’ve grouped these vegetables by similar growing requirements. That way, the plants in each bed all need the same soil preparation, fertilizing, watering, protection, etc. This makes caring for your garden much easier, especially if you’re using raised beds. Since you should rotate crops every year, it’s easy to just move the whole ‘family’ of plants to their new bed. Rotating them through the beds is important because it confuses pests and helps keep diseases at bay. So just what kinds of garden plants grow well here in Ellis County?
Chives, garlic, onions (both green and bulb), and shallots will all grow well as long as you time their planting correctly. We’ll be glad to answer any of your questions about which varieties to plant and when to get them in the ground.
These are the vegetables your doctor is always telling you to eat more of – kale, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprout, etc.
Deep green, leafy lettuces, spinach, Swiss chard, collards, mustard and turnip greens all add flavor, texture, variety, and really important nutrients to your diet.
There are many herbs that will love your Texas garden. Some popular varieties include anise hyssop, basil, bay, bee balm, cilantro, dill, fennel, lemongrass, lemon verbena, mint, oregano, parsley, pineapple sage, rosemary, sage, and thyme.
This family of plants has a unique ability to actually improve the soil in which they’re growing by “fixing” nitrogen from the air into the soil. When it’s time to rotate crops, it’s a good idea to replace legumes with a heavy feeder like corn. It will appreciate the extra ‘boost’ the legumes left behind. You might also want to replant a bed where greens were growing with peas or beans. The legumes will replace the nitrogen those greedy, nitrogen gobbling greens used up!
Beets, carrots, radishes, rutabagas, and turnips prefer sandy soil and cooler weather to do their best. They add plenty of visual appeal to salads and appetizer trays along with a broad range of important phytonutrients.
Tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, eggplant, cucumbers, okra, squash, and melons are all sun worshippers and need plenty of warmth to grow well and produce abundantly.
Let Our Design Team Help
If you would really like a traditional herb knot garden or maybe an herb rock garden, but don’t know where to start, let us help! Our landscape designers will work with you to design the herb garden of your dreams. Then we’ll bring that dream to life! We can also help design and build a raised bed garden that will be the envy of your entire neighborhood.
Stocking Up on Essential Gardening Supplies
In order to get your veggies and herbs garden off to a great start and keep it growing well, you’ll need a few essentials. Fortunately, we carry everything you’ll need right here at Tex-Scapes Nursery.
Here are some items we have in stock to help you get started:
- A great selection of garden seeds.
- Vegetable and herb plants to jump-start your garden.
- Peat moss to amend our North Texas soil.
- Potting soil for your pots, planters, and container gardens.
- Compost to feed your busily growing plants.
- Mulch to keep the soil cooler and to hold in precious moisture. We have natural mulches in cedar, hardwood, and pine bark. We also carry black and red mulches.
We know a lot of our customers value organic gardening as much as we do. That’s why we also carry an extensive selection of organic supplies. Create rich organic beds with our bulk organic potting soil, topsoil, compost, and mulch. Just have a few pots or planters? We carry smaller bags of the same high-quality organic ingredients for those with smaller gardens.
We also have corn gluten meal, diatomaceous earth, dried molasses, green sand, organic potting soil, and just about any other organic supplies you can think of. If you need it to start an organic garden or maintain it in beautiful condition, we have it!
It’s Never Too Late to Start Gardening!
Gardening is a wonderful activity for any age and ability. It provides great exercise, stress relief, a chance to connect with friends and neighbors, and a wonderful opportunity to make lasting memories with children and grandchildren. With all of that going for it, plus great-tasting fresh vegetables and herbs, why wouldn’t you garden?
Since we’re the only local Ennis, Texas nursery and garden center that is open year-round, we can get you started gardening at any time of the year. For more information on specific varieties, fertilizers, pests, or anything else garden related, contact us online, give us a call at (972) 875-1716, or stop in. We’re always happy to answer questions. And no, there aren’t any “dumb questions”! They’re just questions that haven’t been asked yet. Give us the chance to answer them for you. Who knows, we both just might learn something along the way!