Don't live in the Gulf Coast gardening region? Click on to find garden planning information for your area.
For planting times specific to your zip code, check out the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Vegetable Garden Planner.
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Vegetable planting times can change fast in a Southwest garden, so make sure you're in the right month. Click on the current month below to learn more about what to plant now, anytime.
Top Crops for Gulf Coast Gardens
Successful Gulf Coast gardeners emphasize crops that naturally grow well, which was clearly shown in our National Survey of Most Productive Garden Crops. Choose your favorites from the list below. These crops received the highest ratings from fellow organic vegetable gardeners in the Gulf Coast Gardening Region. Additional options found on the Recommended Crops list are sorted by plant family to simplify crop rotations.
Cabbage family: Broccoli, collards
Cucumber family: Cucumber, pumpkin, watermelon, winter squash
Leafy greens: Arugula, chard, mustard (all types)
Legumes: Lima bean, snap beans (all types), Southern peas
Root crops: Beet, garlic, onions, sweet potato, turnip
Tomato family: Eggplant, peppers (all types), tomato (all types)
Northern Areas Only
Peas (snow, shell, snap)
Scallion (green onion)
What to Plant When Resources for Gulf Coast Vegetable Gardeners
Florida Vegetable Gardening Guide, University of Florida
Georgia Vegetable Gardening Calendar, University of Georgia
Alabama Vegetable Planting Chart, Auburn University
Louisiana Vegetable Planting Guide, Louisiana State University
Texas Vegetable Gardening Guide, Texas A & M University
Vegetable Gardening in Mississippi, Mississippi State University
Florida Organic Growers
Organic Gardening in Florida, University of Florida
Beneficial Insects, Texas A&M University
Louisiana Organics (ATTRA)
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