What to Plant Now:
Gulf Coast Gardening Region
Vegetable planting times can change fast in a Gulf Coast garden, so make sure you're in the right month. Click on the current month below to learn more about what to plant now, anytime.
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Top Crops for Gulf Coast Gardening
|Successful Gulf Coast gardeners emphasize crops that naturally grow well, which was clearly shown in our National Survey of Most Productive Garden Crops. Choose your favorites from the list below as foundation crops for your garden. These vegetables received the highest ratings from fellow organic vegetable gardeners in the Gulf Coast region. Additional options found on the Recommended Crops list are sorted by plant family. Gulf Coast gardeners must be especially cautious with nematodes, which are best managed with resistant varieties and good rotations.
Top 10 Crops: Gulf Coast
1. Sweet pepper
2. Cherry tomato
3. Bulb onion
4. Slicing tomato
10. Summer squash
Other Highly Recommended Crops:
Cabbage family: Broccoli, collards
Cucumber family: Cucumber, pumpkin, watermelon, winter squash
- Leafy greens: Arugula, chard, mustard (all types)
- Legumes: Lima bean, snap beans (all types), Southern peas
Root crops: Beet, garlic, onions, sweet potato, turnip
Tomato family: Eggplant, peppers (all types), tomato (all types)