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We need to develop an attitude of loving cooperation with no idea of "conquest." It’s much easier to learn about a thing you love than a thing you intend to conquer or dominate.

The Plowboy Interview: Euell Gibbons

Author, Stalking the Wild Asparagus

Issue #15, May/June 1972


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 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, lima    XXX   
Bean, yard long    XXX   
Corn, sweet    XXX   
Edamame    XXX   
Gourds    XXX   
Okra    XXX   
Peanuts    XXX   
Peas, southern     XXX   


Watermelon     XXX   


Sow Indoors   

Sow Outdoors  



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Savory, summer  







* 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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Barbara Pleasant_3
6/22/2011 9:21:23 AM
Hope you get some rain, Sue. Then you can plant some sweet potatoes. Too late for Irish potatoes now. They need cool soil, which is gone for a few months yet.

Sue Page Robbins
6/21/2011 11:41:27 PM
I sure do like your web site I have been planting gardens sence I could first pick up a shovel about 72 yrs ago. Today is June 21st and I just replanted my Lima beans it has been so dry but I hear a little rumbling of thunder out side now hope it rains . I want to know is it better to water your garden or just let nature do it I can't let the water run long enough to really soak the grown Gardens to large and water cost alot now and is it to late to plant Irish potatoes? Thanks Sue

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