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Gulf Coast Region


Gulf Coast Gardening Region Map 


 "There is no easier nor cheaper way to improve your soil’s texture and fertility than by using natural mulches in your vegetable and flower garden. Using a mulch is like having someone do your gardening for you free of charge."

 Betty Brinhart, Your Garden+Natural Mulches=Better Harvests

Issue #10, July 1971

'Moon and Stars' watermelon

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:


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 


Sow Indoors   

Sow Outdoors  


Beans, yard long    XXX   
Beans, lima    XXX   
Corn    XXX   
Edamame    XXX   




Peas, southern    XXX   
Peppers  XXX     XXX 
Pumpkin    XXX   
Squash, winter    XXX   


Watermelon    XXX   


Sow Indoors   

Sow Outdoors  



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* 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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7/11/2013 11:55:43 PM

7/11/2011 11:06:36 PM
I live in Jacksonville, FL and I am having such a hard time with stink bugs and aphids as well as squash bugs...we are releasing lady bugs this morning that we ordered from the internet...but I am getting discouraged...the weeds have moved in and I am frustrated to the gills with all these "stinkin" bugs...I want it to be pesticides...and I am getting weary.

C Farber
7/5/2011 11:59:00 AM
no Comments

Kurt Hammerschmidt
6/17/2011 10:46:43 AM
I live near Pensacola, Florida and my most productive crop in the spring is Snow Peas. And I can harvest them every day for about a month.

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