Fall is the best time to grow vegetables in North Texas. Spring planting is often delayed by wet or cold weather, and then plants are exposed to too-hot weather before they mature. In the fall the weather is not as unpredictable, seeds germinate quickly in the warm soil and rainfall is usually plentiful. Variety selection is important because early maturing varieties will yield a bountiful harvest before cold weather arrives.
I just finished my project to certify as a Texas Master Gardener Vegetable Specialist and I'd like to share it with you. If you'd like a free download of this booklet, send me an e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I'll get it out to you. I'll also send you a copy of the Excel spreadsheet I created that lists recommended vegetable varieties for North Texas, ideal soil temperature and seed planting information. I put this information on an Excel spreadsheet so that you can manipulate the information however it suits you.