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WHAT TO PLANT IN
September

Mid-Atlantic Region

 

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“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. 

 

Top Crops for Mid-Atlantic Gardening:

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Here are the Top Ten crops for Mid-Atlantic gardens, 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: Mid-Atlantic Region

 1. Slicing tomato
 2. Sweet pepper
 3. Cherry tomato
 4. Pole snap bean
 5. Bush snap bean
 6. Garlic
 7. Potato
 8. Snow/snap pea
 9. Summer squash
 10. Bulb onion

 

Other Highly Recommended Crops:

Cabbage family:  Broccoli, cabbage, collards, kale, kohlrabi 

Cucumber family:  Cucumber, winter squash 

Leafy greens: Arugula, chard, lettuce, mache, mustard (all types), pac choi, sorrel, spinach 

Legumes:  Asparagus/yard-long bean, bush lima bean, dry soup bean, edamame, peas (all types), Southern pea

Root crops:  Parsnip, radish, rutabaga, shallot, sunchoke, turnip 

Tomato family:  Eggplant, peppers (all types), tomatillo, tomato (all types)

Miscellaneous:  Asparagusleek, okra, scallions, sweet corn 

VEGETABLES 

Sow Indoors   

Sow Outdoors  

Transplant 

Arugula 

  

XXX 

 
Bok choy (pac choi)       XXX 

Carrot 

  

XXX 

 
Endive 

  

XXX 

 

Lettuce 

 

XXX  

XXX 

Mustard    XXX   

Parsley 

  XXX  XXX 

Radishes 

  

XXX 

 

Scallion (green onion)  

  

  

XXX 

Spinach 

  

XXX 

 

Turnip 

  

 XXX    

COVER CROPS 

Sow Indoors   

Sow Outdoors  

Transplant 

Alfalfa    XXX   

Buckwheat 

  XXX    

Crimson clover  

  XXX    
Hairy vetch    XXX   
Mustard     XXX    

Oats 

  

 XXX 

  

Peas, winter    XXX   
Radish     XXX    
Triticale    XXX   
Wheat     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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