Texas Gardening forum: Growing in midland

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Jan 12, 2015 4:04 PM CST
hey there! Ive just moved to Midland from England. We have a small balconey, would love some advice on what to grow in pots etc. I loved flowers but veg too.
was an avid gardener back in england, also where is thee best place to buy inexpensive garden tubs/ seeds plants etc ?
Many thanks
Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
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Jan 12, 2015 4:25 PM CST
Welcome! Welcome!

I'm afraid you've moved from Heaven to Hades for gardening. Your part of Texas is often brutal. A full sun description for a plant usually does not mean full sun in Texas. A high profile plant or container may need to be anchored down due to the wind. I hope your patio faces east and not south or west. That will give your plants some break from direct sun and, to some extent, from the directions where the wind tends to be high. Heat is the other factor. In summer, triple digit days are not rare at all. Worse for many plants are nights that do not cool down enough.

That's a lot of negativity, but there are still plants that manage and look nice. I'd say look around and see what may be growing in the area that you find appealing. Ask and find out if there are any local specialty nurseries for plants. They will probably be carrying plants more specific to Midland than the box stores that have them shipped to stores covering a wider area.
Name: Duane Robinson
Kerrville, Texas (Zone 8a)
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Jan 12, 2015 6:52 PM CST
Midland and Odessa have a great group of Texas Master Gardeners. They hosted the State Conference this last September and there were many of them that showed off how they have mastered the challenges of growing flowers and veggies in the grueling summer. I would suggest contacting them. Permian Basin Master Gardeners or the Texas AgriLife Extension Office there locally. It can be done, my aunt also lives in Midland so I know how tough the weather extremes are both winter and summer.
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Jan 13, 2015 2:30 PM CST


Calling the Master Gardeners is excellent information. I bet you can grow tomatoes and peppers on the balcony for starters. Some of the salvias would take dry heat, too.

Check back and let us know what you decide to plant. Welcome to Texas! Thumbs up

Jul 31, 2017 6:53 AM CST
Hello I'm New to Gardening.I Have a small garden this year.In my Garden I have zucchini and yellow squash,potatoes and sweet potatoes ,egg plant,and bell peppers not doing so good
I Also trying growing potatoes in a bucket see how that goes. I'm thinking of some-thing to plant for winter.Any suggestions?
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Name: Kristi
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Jul 31, 2017 8:31 PM CST
Welcome! Ellenlutz!
In far south Texas many things will grow through the winter months.
In my area of east Texas I am more limited to growing a few herbs, lettuce and other greens.
I would guess in the northern part of this great state it would be difficult to grow much through winter.
Let us know where you are locatd and we can maybe give you some good ideas for the winter garden.
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