What to Plant Now: Gulf Coast Gardening Region

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What to Plant Now:
Gulf Coast Gardening Region

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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If you’re a Gulf Coast gardener, you’re in the right place. If you’re from somewhere else, click to find garden planning information for your area. 

For planting times specific to your zip code, check out the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Vegetable Garden Planner. 

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
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:


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  

 Florida Organic Growers  

 Organic Gardening in Florida, University of Florida  

 Beneficial Insects, Texas A&M University  

  Louisiana Organics (ATTRA)