If you want to be a successful gardener in Central Texas you need to know what varieties to grow and when to plant them. These are two crucial items that will play a big role in whether your garden will succeed or not. Let me explain a little further. Scarlet runner beans are a beautiful bean coveted for the beautiful edible flower. It grows in the northern states without a problem. In Texas you can grow it in the very early spring but it is tricky as our weather turns hot so very fast. Therefore it is not a recommended crop as it burn out really fast. Now the Rattlesnake pole bean however grows like crazy and performs well in the heat. It is made for the heat as are tepary beans which are also drought tolerant.
All of the seeds on this list are open pollinated. This means that you can keep the seeds from the current year and save them for the next.
All of the varieties have been grown and tested for a minimum of three years. You cannot grow a crop for one year and say it does well. You need to have a trail that is consistent.
If you grow an open pollinated vegetable that is not on the list please email me and let me know. Please let me know how long you have been growing it. I will collect information. Even if you have only grown it for one year it will help as it will add up if many of you email. We need to all work together. If you have been growing it for three years it can go directly on the list. Sharing is a valuable resource that gardeners have with each other.
The list is also posted under our Library tab any time you want to go and look at it.