What Can I Grow in a Houston Winter?

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We have had freezes, but Houston’s climate does lend itself to year around gardening.

The weather has not been the best for our gardens. The freezes have not been to bad. Overcast days not providing enough sun. Rain has not been too consistent either. However, we do not experience harsh Winters in our city. This does mean that there are plants that do well during this time of year, but would you plant something this time of year? Probably not. I, on the other hand, decided to press forward to keep my little girl’s interest in the garden from waning.

    Katya is three, and she loves the garden. I have taken her to the Farmer’s Market, so she knows that fresh vegetables are available. Why can’t we grow that Papa? I may not be able to meet all her wishes; however, I could demonstrate that even some plants can be put into the ground right now. I picked up some garlic, shallots, and carrots with the greens attached. My wife may not have believed that this would work, but we pressed on. After a week, we began to see results. The carrots began sprouting new green leafs. These leafs make for a good addition to my salads and to my stir frys. Shortly after the carrots proved me right, my garlic and shallots shot up their leaves. This turned out to be a wondrful experience for my daughter.
    With many nurseries closed, your local grocery store may prove to be a plant shop. I have taken beets and sunchokes to plant too. Beet and carrot greens are nice winter vegetables. Then you can harvest them in the spring. Sunchokes (Jureselam Artichokes) need a full year. This is also the time for onions and other root vegetables in Houston. Of course, it is better to have planned your garden in the Fall.
    I am reminded that there is another use for carrot greens. Carrots are related to parsely. My parsely is doing well, but I substitute carrot greens for some recipes.  I chop them, and mix them in rice, cous cous, or other grains. Think toubuli. What kind of dish would you create?

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This site came out of my desire to write about my love of gardening, but also to connect it to my knowledge derived from home inspections. That is why I tied it to the home inspection site.If you have questions, you can email them to me (frank at yourhoustonhomeinspector.com). For home inspections, call 713.781.6090.
Happy gardening, Frank


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