Photos of a Winter Vegetable Garden in Houston

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Houston almost has a year around growing season, so there are vegetables that we can grow throughout the winter season.

Hey, what is that plant?” “Do you have collards?” For some reason this past week, I had a few visitors stop by asking me what plants did I have in my front garden. Most people recognized the plants as vegetables, but they thought that some chrysanthemums and asters were vegetables as well. When a man standing next to my collards asked if I grew any collards, I had the revelation that people simply do not know how these plants look. They probably do not buy them as vegetables in their local grocery store.  Although other vegetables were asked about, I picked on collards, because it is one of those vegetables that many people seem to avoid.  My mother focused on more German dishes when I was growing up, since that was her comfort zone. Having moved to the South, we were exposed to collards, but we were told that you had to cook this leaf for a long time, and with a ham hock. My mother did not have time for such a vegetable, so it did not appear on her dinner plate.In reality, collards like kale can be prepared quite quickly by pan frying. Here are some photographs from my garden to help you identify these winter vegetables that do quite well in Houston.




Young cabbage before the head forms

collards and lettuce

Collards with a red lettuce about to go to seed

fava beans

Fava Beans seem to do alright during our colder months


Garlic has a wider leaf than leeks

Horse raddish

Horse raddish leaves are edible as well as the root


Curly leaf kale, edible variety (ornamentals can be eaten, but do not taste great)

kohlrabi and arugula

Kohlrabi has leaves similar to broccoli, while arugula is light green


Leeks, smaller than garlic leaves at first


Curly and flat leaf mustards

nappa cabbage

Nappa or Chinese Cabage, lighter in texture and color than cabbage


Curly parsely

Swiss Chard

Swiss Chard, red and yellow stems help add color to winter meals

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