AUSTIN, TEXAS, WEATHER
Typical Temperature for Austin, Texas
AUSTIN, TEXAS, GARDENING ZONE
SOIL IN AUSTIN, TEXAS
TIPS FOR VEGETABLE GARDENING IN AUSTIN YEAR ROUND
Central Texas Monthly Planting Guide
Take all the guesswork out of your seasonal planting.
VEGETABLE GARDENING IN AUSTIN’S COOL SEASON
Late November through mid March are the ideal months to grow crops that love cooler weather (and that can handle the occasional frost). Every February or so, I’m reminded what a privilege it is that we’re already planting and growing, instead of waiting for spring to finally garden.
Vegetables like carrots, lettuces, spinach, and radishes germinate best in cool temperatures. If frost is anticipated, most other crops will need to be covered for protection. Learn more about how to protect your plants from Texas cold snaps.
Early February is typically the time when Austin gardeners start seeds for our upcoming growing season indoors so that they’ll be ready to transplant outdoors in 6 to 8 weeks, just after our final frost date in mid March. (Check out our seed starting guide for more tips on getting a head start with your plants.)
VEGETABLE GARDENING IN AUSTIN’S WARM SEASONS
From mid March to June is Austin’s first of two warm seasons. This is when Austinites can grow quintessential kitchen garden fruits and veggies like cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, peppers, beans, and more.
Even though we often get more rain in spring, it’s important to check regularly on your vegetable garden and add supplemental water when the soil is dry to maintain plant health.
We get a second chance to grow these warm-season favorites in the fall when we enjoy our second warm season from September to November.
VEGETABLE GARDENING IN AUSTIN’S HOT SEASON
Trying to grow a plant that doesn’t tolerate heat during Austin’s summer months would be as futile as trying to grow one that hates cold during winter in Canada. We can continue gardening through even the hottest months, but only if we select plants appropriate for this climate.
During this time, it’s important to water deeply and regularly to prevent plants from being stressed and to give plants some shade using shade cloths. Explore our other tips for summer gardening in Texas.