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WHAT TO PLANT IN
September

Southwest Region

 

Southwest Gardening Region Map 

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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 the Southwest Region:

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Here are the Top Ten crops for the Southwest 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: Southwest Region

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

Other Highly Recommended Crops:

Cabbage family:  Kale, kohlrabi 

Cucumber family:  Cucumberpumpkin, winter squash 

Leafy greens:  Arugula, chard, Chinese cabbage, mache, lettuce, pac choi, spinach 

Legumes:  Dry soup beans, edamame, fava bean, snap beans, snow/snap and shell peas, Southern peas

Root crops:  Beetradish, rutabaga, shallot, sunchoke, sweet potato 

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

Miscellaneous: Bulb fennel, leek, okra, rhubarb, scallions 

VEGETABLES 

Sow Indoors   

Sow Outdoors  

Transplant 

Arugula    XXX   
Beet    XXX   
Bok choy (pac choi)     XXX    XXX 
Broccoli      XXX 

Brussels sprouts 

    XXX 

Cabbage 

    XXX 

Carrot 

  XXX   
Cauliflower      XXX 

Celery 

    XXX 
Chard    XXX  XXX 
Chinese cabbage    XXX  XXX 
Collards    XXX   

Endive/escarole 

  XXX   

Kale 

 

XXX 

XXX 

Kohlrabi    XXX  XXX 
Leek    XXX  XXX 
Lettuce  XXX  XXX  XXX 
Mustard    XXX   
Onions  XXX  XXX   
Parsnip    XXX   
Peas    XXX   
Radish    XXX   
Rutabaga    XXX   
Spinach  XXX  XXX  XXX 

Turnip 

  XXX   

CULINARY HERBS  

Sow Indoors   

Sow Outdoors  

Transplant 

Cilantro 

  XXX    

Dill 

 

 XXX 

 XXX 

Parsley 

XXX  XXX  XXX 
Rosemary      XXX 
Thyme      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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