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Gulf Coast Region


Gulf Coast Gardening Region Map 


“I’d come home in the evening and pick, wash, and stack the day’s ripe produce. The following morning (while I was at work), Angie’d gather up books, jars, canning gear, worry beads, the phone (to call for advice) and ..(gulp!)..can! The next day, Ang’d do the picking, washing and stacking. Then, when I got home, I’d grab the books, phone, canner, worry beads…and take my chances. When we finally saw each other on weekends, all we could talk about was “Where did you get that idea?”, “Wow, did you write that down?”, and “Oh! So that’s the way you’re supposed to do it.”

Jay Williams, Live "Country" in the City

Issue #60, November/December 1979

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. 

Photo: Young turnip greens


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, snap    XXX   


Broccoli      XXX 


Cauliflower      XXX 


Collards    XXX   
Corn    XXX   
Cucumber    XXX   


Endive/escarole    XXX   
Kale  XXX  XXX   
Kohlrabi  XXX  XXX  XXX 






Onions  XXX  XXX   
Parsley    XXX   
Peas    XXX   
Radish    XXX    
Rutabaga    XXX   

Squash, summer 

Turnip    XXX   


Sow Indoors   

Sow Outdoors  




Bush bean 









* 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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Dennis D. Borges
10/2/2009 7:43:52 AM
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