WHAT TO PLANT IN
October

Gulf Coast Region

 

Gulf Coast Gardening Region Map 


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"Pick a sunny afternoon – one of those sharp, bright days that only fall brings. Pull out a lawn chair, and set it down right smack dab in the middle of your garden. Lie back and relax, and think about all the beauty and success your garden has given you this year."

Susan Sides, Putting the Garden to Bed

Issue #113, September-October 1988

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:

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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 

VEGETABLES 

Sow Indoors   

Sow Outdoors  

Transplant 

Arugula    XXX   

Beets 

  XXX   
Broccoli      XXX 

Cabbage 

    XXX 
Cauliflower      XXX 

Celery 

    XXX 
Chinese cabbage    XXX   
Collards    XXX   
Kale  XXX  XXX  XXX 
Kohlrabi  XXX  XXX  XXX 

Leek 

XXX    XXX 

Lettuce 

XXX  XXX  XXX 

Mustard 

  XXX   
Onions  XXX  XXX  XXX 
Parsley    XXX   
Peas    XXX   
Radish    XXX    
Rutabaga    XXX   

Spinach 

  XXX   
Turnip    XXX   

COVER CROPS 

Sow Indoors   

Sow Outdoors  

Transplant 

Buckwheat 

  XXX    

Bush bean 

  XXX    
Crimson clover     XXX    

Sorghum  

 

XXX  

  


RESOURCES

* 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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