Growing Herbs in Texas: Herbs that Thrive During Droughts


| 7/22/2009 2:45:09 PM


C.Meredith 

Cynthia Meredith has been gardening with herbs, reading about herbs, gardening with herbs and discussing herb gardening in Texas for more than 20 years. She has owned The Herb Cottage (www.theherbcottage.com) for over 10 years, selling herb plants to people all over our state.

I am a long time reader of The Herb Companion magazine and always look forward to each new issue. I have noticed, however, that the gardening information about growing herbs is not always relevant to me. I live and garden with herbs in Texas, where the growing conditions and the weather can be very extreme. I thought other Texas readers of The Herb Companion might enjoy reading a blog about gardening with herbs from the Lone Star State.

I live in an area between Houston and San Antonio, just north of the Coastal Plain in Lavaca County near Hallettsville. Our soil pH is neutral, and we are lucky to have great sandy loam texture on our farm. We have a well to provide water, which is very hard and full of minerals, especially calcium. Right now we are experiencing a drought and, like most of the state, extreme heat, somewhat earlier than usual... if there is a “usual” any more. Herbs are some of the most drought-tolerant plants, as many of us have found out this year.



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What's doing really well right now with very little water? Well, I have to say the Greek oregano and Santa Cruz oregano are doing the best with the least amount of water. Rosemary is doing the next best in my garden, although I am having to water it a bit.



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