WHAT TO PLANT IN
April

Gulf Coast Region

 

Gulf Coast Gardening Region Map 


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"It's love that keeps you walking over a place and it's love that makes you imagine what can be done on it. More and more since Tanya and I have lived on this farm, our life has been taken up with imagining what would be possible. And we'll be involved in that until we die, or until our energy plays out. Our life here has developed in response to this place and the potential in it. By now we've realized some of it, but the most exciting thing is that we know we haven't realized very much of it."

 The Plowboy Interview: Wendell Berry

Issue Number 20, March/April 1973

To read more about what to plant in other months and regions, visit our What to Plant Now home page.

For planting times specific to your zip code, check out the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Vegetable Garden Planner. 

 
 

Top Crops for Gulf Coast Gardening:

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Here are the Top Ten crops for the Gulf Coast region, followed by other recommended crops, as rated in our National Survey of Most Productive Garden Crops. (The criteria for selection include ease of culture, efficient use of garden space and time, ease of storage and desirability at the table.) The recommended crops are sorted by plant family to help you plan rotations so that the same plant families are not grown consecutively in the same area, as much as possible.

Top 10 Crops: Gulf Coast

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 Recommended Crops:

Cabbage family:  Broccolicollards 

Cucumber family:  Cucumberpumpkin, watermelon, winter squash 

Leafy greens: Arugula, chardmustard (all types)

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

Root crops:  Beet, garlic, onionssweet potato, turnip 

Tomato family: Eggplant, peppers (all types)tomato (all types)

Miscellaneous:  Okra 

VEGETABLES 

Sow Indoors   

Sow Outdoors  

Transplant 

Beans, yard long    XXX   
Beans, snap    XXX   
Beans, lima    XXX   

Cantaloupe 

  XXX   

Corn 

  XXX   
Cucumber    XXX  XXX 
Eggplant 

 

    XXX 

Okra 

  XXX   
Peas, southern    XXX   

Peppers 

 

    XXX 

Radishes 

  

XXX 

  

Summer squash 

  XXX  XXX 

Sweet potato 

    XXX 
Tomato 

 

    XXX 
Watermelon    XXX   

CULINARY HERBS  

Sow Indoors   

Sow Outdoors  

Transplant 

Basil 

  XXX  XXX  

Chives 

    XXX 

Cilantro 

  XXX    

Horseradish 

    XXX 

Marjoram  

 

  

 XXX 

Rosemary 

      XXX 

Sage 

      XXX 

Savory, summer  

 

  

 XXX 

Thyme 

     XXX 

RESOURCES

* To learn more about when to sow seeds (indoors and outdoors) or when to transplant your seedlings to the garden, see: Know When to Plant What: Find Your Average Last Spring Frost Date.

* To learn more about how to start seeds, check out Seed-starting Basics. For a primer on how to transplant seedlings, see Garden Transplanting: Expert Advice.

* Find garden seeds from great mail-order companies with our Plant and Seed Finder.

* Learn more about high-quality seeds and great seed companies in Best Seeds for a Bigger, Better Garden and Best Garden Seed Companies, or through our seed company directory

* You might also try swapping seeds locally.

* For tips on growing everything from apples to zucchini, see our Organic Gardening homepage.

 

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