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So it's October in North Texas for a newbie

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So it's October in North Texas for a newbie

Post  jbrad627 on 10/9/2012, 9:12 pm

I came across the SFG a couple of weeks ago. I have already built 4 boxes but my wife is telling me that I am too late to do anything at this point.
We are just north of Denton, TX (which itself is about 30-40 miles north of Dallas and Fort Worth.
Are there still some things that I can plant to get my feet wet?

Thanks

John
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Post  Kelejan on 10/9/2012, 9:20 pm

glad you\'re here john.
I live in British Columbia so I have little idea what you can plant right now, but in a little while someone is sure to come along and give you some advice.
All the best in your endeavours. happy hi
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Lots of choices!

Post  grstn on 10/9/2012, 9:45 pm

Hi, John. We just moved from McKinney, TX to middle Tennessee in March and right now I wish I had your climate to work with. We're expecting our 1st frost tomorrow night/Thurs. morning and we're scrambling to protect everything, and lots of what we're growing, you can be growing there. Beautiful time to be growing radishes, carrots, all kinds of Lettuce, & Beets, just to name a few. You may want to consider some of the "season extenders" in the book such as maybe turning a couple of the boxes into temporary little hoop-houses with PVC pipe & plastic. Where you are, I think you can keep things going right through the winter. In McKinney, even on the coldest nights, a drop-light in the hoop house would normally be enough. If you could find some cole crop seedlings at your local Lowe's, you could even still get those going (Brocolli, Cauliflower, etc.) Regards, Gary PS Take a look at Shallots & Garlic, too, if they appeal to you.
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Post  Kelejan on 10/9/2012, 10:23 pm

glad you\'re here also to grstn. Thanks for helping out John. happy hi
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Post  grstn on 10/9/2012, 10:38 pm

Should have mentioned to John that I'm new to this forum. Have been into SFG since the mid ninties and have just this year changed over to the new system. I've been delighted for years about the yield from my boxes (started in North Carolina in 1995) and switched over when we moved to Tennessee in March. I was astonished at the results. Things were popping out of the ground so fast they squeeked when they popped up Very Happy I just stumbled upon this forum and like what I see. Regards, Gary
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October in North Texas

Post  GloriaG on 10/9/2012, 11:59 pm

Hi John,

Welcome to the forum. You are very close to me. I'm in Denton County (Double Oak).

I currently have about 235 sq ft of SFG that I keep planted year-round. I use hoop-houses with frost blankets inside for the beds that need protection in winter. All beds get a layer of straw on the base of the plants to temper the temperatures fluctuations.

Here's a short list of things you can plant right now.

* Onions go in October 15 - look in all the big box stores and garden shops for sets.
Grano and 1015 are great for our area.
* Beets and carrots from seed until the end of October - remember to pre-soak your beet seeds
overnight.
* Parsley from transplants until the end of October
* Broccoli and cauliflower transplants until the end of October
* Lettuce, Kale, Swiss chard and mustard until November 7
* English peas, garlic and spinach until the end of November

Bush beans might be OK if you protect them a little. Their last planting date is October 10th depending on the weather so we're right there.

Hope this helps,
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Post  elliephant on 10/10/2012, 9:29 am

Welcome! I don't have any planting advice for you as I live at the extreme opposite end of the state and didn't garden when I lived in Denton or Gainesville (taught in Valley View for 4 years), but just wanted to say howdy!

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Re: So it's October in North Texas for a newbie

Post  jbrad627 on 10/11/2012, 10:17 am

Thanks for the responses! Really glad I found the forum.
Guess I need to see if I can find things and get going.
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