Many of you may have questions as to what can I plant in my garden that will grow? There is an online Texas Vegetable Variety Selector that will help you choose the best types to grow in a particular locale, according to Dr. Joe Masabni, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service horticulturist in College Station.
It’s a one-stop website designed to help AgriLife Extension agents and the people they serve throughout the state. They have collected the variety recommendations from all the counties and updated them with the currently available varieties.
At the site, http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/publications/veg_variety/, a viewer can start with either a county or region. An interactive map helps the user determine how to select a location. If a specific county is selected, the user then can either select a specific vegetable or request a list of all vegetables for that county. The resultant list will provide several possibilities and the number of days required from planting to harvest. If “all vegetables” is selected, the list will yield categories of vegetables with several possible varieties for each and the number of growing days before harvest in the specific county, he added.
The database contains information for more than 240 counties and eight regions. In all, more than 40 vegetables and 200 varieties are listed for possibly growing in the state. The list of varieties comes from two sources – from results of research conducted by AgriLife Extension specialists and county agents and from demonstration trials. Some varieties that are not on the list may have worked well for a gardening enthusiast but are not on our list, pending research-based trials.
Lonnie Jenschke is an Erath County Extension Agent.