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It’s hard finding dirt in the city, but North Haven Gardens has the scoop, especially on the kind we need to grow fruits, vegetables and herbs. 

Everyone’s favorite? It’s the tomato, says Cody Hoya, North Haven Gardens general manager.

“Tomatoes are especially fun to grow with children. They are easy, rewarding and a product children will sample,” he says. “North Haven Gardens has dozens of varieties during peak season.”

With spring planting season here, Hoya says we need to plant early, ideally by the last week of March.

“Of course, there’s still the chance for a freeze this time of year; when temperatures drop below 45 degrees, plants must be protected while establishing a root system,” Hoya says.

Peppers pick up in April and May, along with squash, melons, and okra. Salad greens and cole crops such as broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts arrive later for fall and winter planting, and they thrive in containers, he says. North Haven Gardens’ herb and vegetable transplants are locally sourced from growers here in north Texas, Hoya says. But for gardeners seeking unique “treasure hunt” items, North Haven Gardens sources exotic and tropical finds such as ginger, curry, pineapple, and citrus whenever they’re available—but call in advance, as specialty stock can be fleeting.

Raised bed of veggies

Fall: Salad greens and cole crops such as broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts

North Haven Gardens guests can tour on-site vegetable display gardens filled with actively growing crops. Garden advisors offer expert tips about succeeding at home throughout the growing season — from the tropical and hardy to fruits, berries and hybrids.

North Haven Gardens’ website — nhg.com — is a great resource for planting news and deadlines, Hoya says.  Also check out the year-round calendar listing free and paid classes highlighting how, when, where, and what to plant for success.

Stop by North Haven Gardens at 7700 Northaven Road in Dallas, call 214-363-5316 or visit the website at nhg.com.


Feb. 1 – March 1
Seed Potatoes
Crowns: Asparagus,
Horseradish, Rhubarb
Cruciferous vegetables
(by transplants): Broccoli,
Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower
Feb. 1 – March 15
Root Vegetables (by seed): Beets, Carrots, Turnips
Greens (by seed): Collard Greens, Kale, Lettuce, Spinach
March 15 - April 20
Pole Beans/Snap Peas
(by seed)
Late Feb -April 1
Tomato (transplants)
March 15 – May 1
Melons (by seed):
Cantaloupe, Watermelon
March 15 – Mid-June
Corn (by seed )
Pepper Transplants
Watermelon (by seed or transplant)
March 25 – April 30
Pumpkin (by seed or transplant)
April 1 – Mid-June
Black Eyed Peas (by seed)
Eggplant (transplants )
Okra (by seed or transplant)
For a full planting calendar visit nhg.com/guides/north-texas-vegetable-planting-dates/