"There is no law in America to prevent you from growing your own food -- the pure, natural kind everyone should be eating. The amount you can produce is limited, not by the area of land you have at your disposal, but only by your ability to work with and understand the laws of nature…People and crops do best when they like each other."
—Back to the Land and Why by Art Hellemann, Issue No. 32, March/April 1975
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.
Here are the Top Ten crops for the Southern Interior 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.
Tomato family: Eggplant, tomatillo
* 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.
* Find garden seeds from great mail-order companies with our Plant and Seed Finder.
* You might also try swapping seeds locally.
* For tips on growing everything from artichokes to winter squash, see our Crop-by-Crop Growing Guide.