Top Crops: Gulf Coast

Collards, okra, and eggplant grow well, but sweet peppers and cherry tomatoes are the top crops along the Gulf Coast.


| April/May 2009



top crops gulf coast - colorful peppers

Once started, there's no stopping Gulf Coast sweet peppers. They and cherry tomatoes are the region's top crops.


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My father, who gardened on the Gulf Coast for 70 years, once joked that he could grow bushels of bell peppers without even trying. Plenty of fellow gardeners agree, because sweet peppers tied with super-dependable cherry tomatoes for first place among the region's top crops. The Gulf Coast is also the home territory of short-day onions, which are more sweet than pungent. Remember to plant them in fall, and late spring will find you knee-deep in them.

Beyond the Top 10, mild winter conditions create near-perfect growing conditions for collards, which hold 11th place in the Coastal South. The exuberance for collards is echoed in high performance ratings for mustard, turnips, and other leafy greens grown in fall and winter. In summer gardens in this sultry region, naturally pest-resistant Southern peas are actually more popular than snap beans, and okra and eggplant are easy to grow.


Top 10 Crops

  1. Sweet pepper
  2. Cherry tomato
  3. Bulb onion
  4. Slicing tomato
  5. Garlic
  6. Lettuce
  7. Spinach
  8. Potato
  9. Cucumber
  10. Summer squash

Other Highly Rated Crops

Cabbage family: Broccoli, collards

Cucumber family: Cucumber, pumpkin, watermelon, winter squash

Leafy greens: Arugula, chard, mustard (all types)

Legumes: Lima bean, snap bean (all types), Southern peas





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