What to Plant Now: September in the Southern Interior Gardening Region

By Staff
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Southern Interior Region




 “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 Southern Interior Gardening:

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.

Top 10 Crops: Southern Interior

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


Other Highly Recommended Crops:

Cabbage family:  Cabbage, collardskale 

Cucumber family: Cantaloupe, watermelon, winter squash 

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

Legumes:  Asparagus/yard-long bean, bush lima bean, dry soup beans, edamame, pole beans, snow/snap and shell peas 

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

Tomato family:  Eggplant, tomatillo

Miscellaneous:  Asparagus, okra, rhubarb, scallion, sweet corn 


Sow Indoors   

Sow Outdoors  


Arugula     XXX    
Beet     XXX    
Bok choy (pac choi)      XXX    
Broccoli      XXX 
Brussels sprouts      XXX 
Cabbage      XXX 
Carrot     XXX    
Cauliflower      XXX 
Chard     XXX    
Chinese cabbage    XXX    
Cilantro     XXX    
Collards    XXX   
Kale    XXX  XXX 
Lettuce    XXX  XXX 
Mustard     XXX   
Onions   XXX     
Parsley     XXX    
Radish     XXX   
Rutabaga     XXX   
Spinach     XXX    


COVER CROPS  Sow Indoors  Sow Outdoors  Transplant 
Alfalfa    XXX   
Barley    XXX   


Bush beans      XXX   
Hairy vetch    XXX   
Mustard      XXX    
Radishes      XXX    


* 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.