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WHAT TO PLANT IN
October

Southern Interior Region

 

Southern Interior Garden 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 Southern Interior Gardening:
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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 

VEGETABLES AND HERBS 

Sow Indoors   

Sow Outdoors  

Transplant 

Arugula     XXX    
Garlic    XXX   
Mache    XXX   
Onions, perennial     XXX   
Radish     XXX   
Shallots    XXX   
Spinach     XXX    

 

COVER CROPS  Sow Indoors  Sow Outdoors  Transplant 
Alfalfa    XXX   

Crimson Clover 

   XXX   
Fava beans      XXX   
Hairy vetch    XXX   
Mustard      XXX    
Oats    XXX   
Peas, winter    XXX   
Radishes      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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