Vegetable planting times can change fast in a Gulf Coast garden, so make sure you're in the right month. Click on the current month below to learn more about what to plant now, anytime.
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Top Crops for Gulf Coast Gardening
|Successful Gulf Coast gardeners emphasize crops that naturally grow well, which was clearly shown in our National Survey of Most Productive Garden Crops. Choose your favorites from the list below as foundation crops for your garden. These vegetables received the highest ratings from fellow organic vegetable gardeners in the Gulf Coast region. Additional options found on the Recommended Crops list are sorted by plant family. Gulf Coast gardeners must be especially cautious with nematodes, which are best managed with resistant varieties and good rotations.
Top 10 Crops: Gulf Coast
1. Sweet pepper
Other Highly Recommended Crops:
The Mother Earth News online archives include three decades of homesteading and gardening reports from the Gulf Coast gardening region, including these neat stories:
Best Tomatoes for the Gulf Coast, January 2010
Urban Homesteading in Florida, March 1985
Oranges & Warm Feet, September 1974
Catering to Stink Bugs, by Gwen Roland, October 2008 (online)
Life on the Water, October 2005
Watermelons for the World, June 2008
What to Plant When Resources for Gulf Coast Gardeners
Florida Vegetable Gardening Guide, University of Florida
Georgia Vegetable Gardening Calendar, University of Georgia
Alabama Vegetable Planting Chart, Auburn University
Louisiana Vegetable Planting Guide, Louisiana State University
Texas Vegetable Gardening Guide, Texas A & M University
Vegetable Gardening in Mississippi, Mississippi State University
Organic Gardening in Florida, University of Florida
Beneficial Insects, Texas A&M UniversityLouisiana Organics (ATTRA)