What to Plant Now: September in the North Central and Rockies Gardening Region

By Staff
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North Central and Rockies 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 the North Central and Rockies Region

Here are the Top Ten crops for the North Central and Rockies 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: North Central and Rockies

1. Bulb onion
2. Cherry tomato
3. Carrot
4. Spinach
5. Snow/snap pea
6. Lettuce
7. Bush snap bean
8. Slicing tomato
9. Potato
10. Radish


Other Highly Recommended Crops:

Cabbage family:  Cabbage, collards, kale 

Cucumber family:  Cucumberpumpkinsummer squash, winter squash 

Leafy greens:  Arugula, chard, Chinese cabbage, mache, mustard (all types), pac choi, sorrel 

Legumes:  Dry soup bean, fava bean, shell peas 

Root crops: Beet, garlic, parsnip, shallot, sunchokes

Tomato family: Tomatillo

Miscellaneous:  Asparagus, leek, rhubarb, scallion 


Sow Indoors   

Sow Outdoors  


Arugula    XXX   





Mache    XXX   
Spinach    XXX   


Sow Indoors   

Sow Outdoors  





Pea, winter    XXX   

Rye, cereal 


Rye, winter 

Triticale    XXX   
Wheat    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.