New to Gardening - Knowledgebase Question

McKinney, Te
Question by socojoes
January 2, 2010
I just bought a home and my back yard is a mess. I really want to plant 2 trees, and I want a small garden so I can plant cilantro, tomatoes, and jalapenos. My question is when can I start? I live in Mckinney Tx. I never lived here before so I dont know the weather very well. Wwhat kind of plants can I plant? Thank you

Answer from NGA
January 2, 2010


Some of the best trees for your gardening region (7B) include Alder, Ash, Beech, Birch, Buckeye, Butternut Chittamwood, Coffeetree, Cottonwood, Crabapple, Crapemyrtle, Dove-tree (Davidia involucrata), Cornelian dogwood, Elm, Eucalyptus, Franklinia, Fringetree, Goldenrain tree, Hackberry, Hickory, Honeylocust, Hornbeam,
Horsechestnut, Katsura, Laburnum, Linden, Locust, Magnolia, Maple, Oak, Osage orange, Pawpaw, Pear, flowering (Pyrus sp.), Pecan, Pistachio, Pistache, Poplar, Possumhaw (Ilex decidua), Redbud, Redwood, Sassafras, Snowbell, Sourwood, Stewartia, Sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua), Tupelo, Walnut, Willow,Winterberry (Ilex verticillata), Witchhazel, Yellowwood, and Zelkova.

Since you're new to McKinney, probably the best source of gardening information is through your local cooperative extension office. Here's their web address:

You can search the site and find all kinds of helpful information on planting dates, soil preparation, etc. Enjoy your new garden!

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