The 10 Best Vegetables and Fruits to Grow this Fall in Texas

by Katie Kuchta on October 4, 2018 in Lifestyle, Home, Living Texas,

Do you have a garden you’ve been cultivating for years? Or are you just getting started in fruit and vegetable gardening?

Maybe your new home has a garden that has motivated you to enjoying the adventures of harvesting your own produce. A backyard garden is the perfect place to grow the ingredients for all of your favorite dishes. If you are looking to expand your garden, here are 10 of the best vegetables and fruits to grow this fall in Texas.

If you have space for a garden, consider planting some of these fruits and vegetables this fall.

Best Produce for Fall Gardens

Turnips: As a root vegetable, turnips do tolerate some shade, but will do best with at least six hours of sun a day.

Tomatoes: Tomato plants need a lot of sun, so raised beds with south or southeastern exposure are best. They also need good air circulation and access to water.

Strawberries: Strawberries are often planted between October and November, depending on what part of Texas you live in. While there are many varieties of strawberries, most thrive in raised beds of sandy or sandy-loam soil with good water and sun.

Cauliflower: Have loose, well draining soil with good air and water circulation so cauliflower grows well.

Spinach: Spinach needs good sun, soil and water to grow. Adding mulch helps to conserve moisture levels in the soil, which can help your garden.

Carrots: Like turnips, carrots can tolerate shade but prefer a lot of sun, water and good soil conditions.

Onions: With air circulation, water and raised planter beds, your garden has a good chance of producing many onions, as they grow very well in all parts of the state.

“Growing your own produce can help with your appreciation for fresh foods and the intake of the nutrients your body needs from those foods.”

Cabbage: If you want to grow cabbage this fall, most Texas soils provide a good environment for cabbage transplants. Just provide the plants with enough sun and water!

Radishes: As a root that doesn’t handle high temperatures, fall and winter are often the best seasons for radishes. Partial shade and just a little space are okay for these veggies.

Garlic: Garlic needs water and nitrogen supplemented soil, so be sure to provide your garden bed with enough of each if you’re growing garlic cloves. They also need full sun, so an east-west garden might be the best space for garlic.

An east-west garden might be the best space for garlic, which needs full sun.

Grow Your Own Meals

Since we say “everything’s bigger in Texas,” homegrown produce and backyard gardens are no exception. As WikiLawn says, “Foodscaping is a popular trend in Texas, and it’s not going anywhere.”

Grow your own salad greens or herbs by planing a backyard garden.

Growing your own produce can help with your appreciation for fresh foods and the intake of the nutrients your body needs from those foods. Gardening is also a great way to get the whole family involved in the meal process–everyone can help care for the plants, harvest the crops and prep the meals with your own homegrown food.

If your new home or current backyard has a space for a garden, consider planting some of these fruits and vegetables this fall.


Katie Kuchta is a gardening and outdoor living guru, and self-proclaimed foodie. She can often be found cooking in the kitchen or on the hunt for the best tacos, follow her on Instagram @atxtacoqueen.