DO THE RIGHT THING AT THE RIGHT TIME
Proper timing is possibly the most important factor to successful spring
gardening. Regardless of variety selected or cultural practices used, if
a gardener does not do the right thing at the right time, chances of success
To estimate when planting should begin, the average first frost-free date
must be established. March 15 is the average frost-free date for the area
south of a line from Del Rio to Uvalde, San Antonio, Austin and Beaumont.
This is referred to as Region II. North of this is Region I with a first
frost-free date of April 10.
Refer to the map of Texas "gardening" regions.
Gardeners south of a line from Eagle Pass to Pearsall, Pleasanton and Refugio
in Region III should enjoy frostless days as early as February 15.
Remember that these are "average" first frost-free dates for each
region. "Average" means that frost can occur later, so make emergency
plans to protect early plantings.
With these frost-free dates in mind, a gardener can decide what frost susceptible
vegetables to plant and when. He also can decide whether to use transplants