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Southern Interior Garden Region Map 

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"It should have been obvious all along that no species can really overpower nature without disrupting the entire planet’s ecosystems and food chains. Yet that kind of domination is exactly what we humans are still trying to achieve, and is responsible for the many, many ecological problems that are beginning to manifest themselves."

The Plowboy Interview: Robert van den Bosch 

Issue #58, July/August 1979


Photo: Tomato hornworm bearing cocoons of parasitic braconid wasps

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



Top Crops for Southern Interior Gardening:

Here are the Top Ten crops for the Southern Interior 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: Southern Interior

1. Sweet pepper
2. Slicing tomato
3. Bush snap bean
4. Summer squash
5. Broccoli
6. Garlic
7. Bulb onion
8. Pole snap bean
9. Cherry tomato
10. Hot pepper

Other Highly Recommended Crops:

Cabbage family:  Cabbage, collardskale 

Cucumber family: Cantaloupe, watermelon, winter squash 

Leafy greens:  Arugula, chard, lettuce, mache, mustard (all types), pac choi, sorrel, spinach, turnip greens 

Legumes:  Asparagus/yard-long bean, bush lima bean, dry soup beans, edamame, pole beans, snow/snap and shell peas 

Root crops:  Potatoradish, rutabaga, shallot, sunchoke, sweet potato 

Tomato family:  Eggplant, tomatillo

Miscellaneous:  Asparagus, okra, rhubarb, scallion, sweet corn 


Sow Indoors   

Sow Outdoors  


Bean, bush snap    XXX   
Beet     XXX    
Broccoli  XXX    XXX 
Brussels sprouts  XXX    XXX 
Cabbage  XXX    XXX 
Carrot     XXX    
Cauliflower  XXX    XXX 
Chard  XXX  XXX  XXX 
Chinese cabbage    XXX   
Collards    XXX   
Cucumber    XXX   
Kale  XXX  XXX  XXX 
Kohlrabi  XXX  XXX  XXX 
Lettuce  XXX  XXX  XXX 
Mustard     XXX   
Parsnip     XXX   
Potato    XXX   
Radish     XXX   
Rutabaga     XXX   
Squash, summer    XXX   
Spinach     XXX    




CULINARY HERBS  Sow Indoors  Sow Outdoors  Transplant 


Chives         XXX 
Cilantro      XXX    
Parsley      XXX    



* 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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