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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 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   
Edamame    XXX   


Gourds    XXX   


Peanuts    XXX   
Peas, southern    XXX   




Sweet potato 



Watermelon    XXX   


Sow Indoors   

Sow Outdoors  



  XXX  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.


Post a comment below.


8/14/2013 10:04:31 AM

I am a beginner and I have quick question. What does it mean the "transplant" the plant if you sowed it outdoors already?

Specifically I am looking at the direction to sow tomatoes outdoors in the month of May and then in the month of June it says to transplant them. 

I assumed that transplants referred to putting plants in the ground that you had sowed indoors. 

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