How Do I Start a Small Vegetable Garden in Texas?

hi I'm Holly Hirschberg from dinner

garden org it's fall the weather's

turning cooler and I'm ready to plant my

fall garden I decided to go with a

raised bed our soil here isn't great so

I'm going to mix my own soil that way

I'm sure my vegetables will grow first

of all I'm going to take my raised bed

and I'm going to put some paper down as

a weed barrier some people use plastic

some people use a weed barrier they buy

you can use newspaper pretty much we

just want to put this down to keep the

weeds from growing through when you make

your own dirt you have a lot more

control over how your plants are going

to grow I'm going to start with potting

soil I picked it up at my local grocery

store it's heavy so be careful when

you're doing it if you need help picking

it up just ask I'm sure you have a

neighbor who would be happy to help you

in exchange for some fresh vegetables

later in the season they also sell these

in smaller bags too so don't be

intimidated and think you have to get

the giant bag if that's too much for you

to deal with on your own get the smaller

there's a lot more dirt in one bag than

you think I love gardening I especially

love the raised beds because there's so

much less work during the season then

planting in the ground I'm not gonna

have to worry about weeds I'm not gonna

have to worry about digging in rock this

is just all the fun of gardening without

any of the hard work and misery you

remember as a child next I'm going to

add compost this is a good way to feed

your plants you can make your own

compost in your backyard using kitchen

scraps this I'm just going to start with

some composted manure from my garden

store it's not very expensive and it'll

give my plants a good start in life

and it is composted manure so you don't

have to worry about sticking your hands

in the mess and gross this is called

amending your soil so a lot of times

you'll read in those garden books where

they say you need to amend your soil

that just means add some nutrients so

your plants grow better we're going to

mix I'm just going to put this on top

right now I'm going to mix it all up at

the end

next comes peat moss peat moss is kind

of hard to deal with because it's really

solid in here but that's okay I'm going

to make it happen and you can make it

happen - what peat moss is going to do

for the garden is it's going to help it

hold water here in Texas we're always in

drought so we always need to add soil

amendments that will keep the water by

the plants instead of having my plants

dry out so I'm going to go ahead and add

some peat moss you can see it's really

light and fluffy and just kind of gets

everywhere but that's what makes it fun

this peat moss is making me work for it

the good news is it's not heavy it's

just kind of stuck together it's not

heavier or painful to deal with it's

pretty light and I really want to get a

lot of it in here because I want to give

my plants a good chance of getting some

water and be able to conserve water in

the garden at the same time there's

probably some sort of magic way to do

this that other people know about and I

don't but this is what you get from me

and part of the fun of being in the

garden is all the dirt you can see

there's a lot of peat moss in this bag

you can see there's still a lot left

I'll be able to put this in my potted

plants too all right now we're gonna mix

it all up I need it all integrated so

that every bit of my plant gets a little

bit of everything we wanted to get some

of the peat moss for the water retention

some of the compost for the fertilizer

and some of the dirt for the other

nutrients it needs so I'm just gonna

give it a quick mix it's not heavy

because this is all dirt that I've

imported it's all dry you know I'm not

gonna have to worry about walks or weeds

or anything like that so I like this

method I can have this garden up and

running in ten minutes now the the

breeze garden bed here I made out of a

pallet that I took apart and put back

together in a different way you can buy

the raised beds at the hardware store if

you want to do that however you decide

to do it works out just fine

some people use fence

I like the wood okay I'm gonna break up

my big clumps here my dirty look I'm

pretty nice I've been out here I don't

know maybe five minutes doing this so

far so this is not what I remember from

my childhood and you probably remember

from yours where gardening just took

hours to get everything ready we got my

clumps and then I'm gonna be ready to

plant okay I like being in the dirt so I

wanted to get down here and mess with

this with my hands you don't even really

need a shovel to mix it it's you can see

I'm not using any strength here it's

just as easy to do with your hands and I

tell you it's good exercise as well so

if you're looking for a way to add some

exercise into your day

gardening is a great way to start my

dirts looking pretty good I'm going to

go ahead and smooth it out and then you

know what that was quick and easy and

I'm ready to plant okay it's fall here

in San Antonio Texas so I'm going to

plant some plants that are good for fall

where I grow depending on how cold your

temperature is where you grow that's

going to depend on what you choose to

plant what we're going to do what I want

you to do is just get on the search

engine real quick and do a quick search

of what to plant in your area so you'll

know you're planning the right stuff I'm

going to plant peppers because that's

going to grow really well here in fall I

think I'll do some eggplant I have a

tomato over there and I'll put in some

some leafy greens I'm not sure which one

I'm going to pick yet you want to plant

what you like to eat the first time you

grow a garden stick with what you know

you don't want to branch out too much

because if you end up growing something

that you don't like you're just going to

be miserable so let me go ahead and get

one of these peppers out now one pepper

plant can produce you know 20 30 40

pounds of peppers so I don't want to put

in all four six Peppers came in a pack

from my nursery you can just as easily

plant these from seeds I'm getting

started a little bit late in the season

so I wanted to get my plants already

going if you decide to

plants from seeds you're going to want

to start them indoors a couple weeks

before they're supposed to go in the

ground that way they give a little

height on them and they're better ready

for this season I'm going to take these

apart very gently because you can see we

have the roots there and I don't want to

traumatize my plant moving a plant is

going to be hard on the plant so just

try and do things gently there's the one

I'm going to plant I'm going to loosen

up the roots just a little bit here but

you can use a trowel I just use my hands

my darts soft and easy to work with I'm

going to put my pepper in to the dirt

cover it up I have peppers ready to go

alright next I'm going to do eggplants I

have my sunglasses on because the Sun

keeps coming back

I had overcast earlier it was really

nice skin a little hotter now when I

picked the eggplant with the flower

already on it because you know what

because I want to feel successful in my

garden faster so that's the one I'm

going to use dig a hole put it in and

I'm good to go

next I'm gonna plant kale I love kale

really good for you you can eat it so

many different ways my favorite baked it

is kale chips a little olive oil salt

and pepper

so I'm really excited about the kale

pull it out of the container again you

can grow just as easily from seeds don't

feel like you have to buy it from the

garden start I'm gonna dig a hole put it

in I'm almost done with my garden can

you believe it less than 10 minutes my

last thing I'm gonna plant Bush beans I

love fresh beans from the garden this

one came to to a container so what I'm

gonna have to do is break this up so

that's not competing for root space I'm

just gonna kind of break it apart really

gently again don't want to traumatize

your plants so just do it really really

gently kind of shake off the dirt as you

go I'm gonna separate them they survived

I'll plant that one somewhere else I can

plant that in a container in my front

yard or something

and put it in here there we go I only

planted four things I have an about

enough root space here for these four I

just don't want to overwhelm myself with

too many things to care for this is a

great starter garden I'm going to get a

lot of vegetables from this and then

next year when I'm a little more

confident I can put in another garden

and grow even more next I have to water

I'm in a community garden so I don't

have a water supply I have to bring in

my water if you have a hose use your

hose I just brought in my cooler

cuz it's portable it's easy I filled it

up with tap water have a cup and I'm

just gonna water my plants gonna want to

keep these kind of wet so maybe come out

every day just depending on the heat

where you live or your rain we don't

have rain here in Texas so I have to

water a lot if you have rain where you

live you'll have to water less give my

plant some water

they're ready to go there's my beautiful

flower garden and under 10 minutes