your off to a great start by listening to your dad,, He has a lot of knowledge about growing
veggies and plants and flowers
Glad you joined up here!
Have your dad teach you about composting you have a composter there you may as well use it,, plants and flowers
will love the rich soil that comes from composting,, there is also a thread it about it,, //www.agardenersforum.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/353394/1.html
Oh and here is a link for growing
herbs in North Texas click here for growing herbs in North texas