Saturday, January 12, 2013

Veggie Gardening in the Southern Interior US

Are you a little confused about the Southern Interior?  The map below shows part of Utah, the northern half of Texas/Louisiana/Alabama/Mississippi, part of Oklahoma, Georgia, Arkansas, Tennessee as well as North and South Carolinas.

According to Mother Earth News, the top 10 Crops for the Southern Interior are:
Sweet Pepper, Slicing Tomato, Bush Snap Pea, Summer Squash, Broccoli, Bulb Onion, Pole Snap Pea, Cherry Tomato and Hot Pepper.

Again, that does NOT mean that you can't grow anything else, only that these crops might be the easiest.

Also according to Mother Earth News, planting time is FebruarySeed can be planted indoors (with natural or artificial light) if it's too cold outside.  Seed varieties include:
Arugula, Asparagus, Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Celery, Chard, Collards, Eggplant, Beans, Fennel, Kale, Leeks, Lettuce, Onions, Pak Choy, Peas, Peppers, Potatoes, Radishes, Radiccio, Spinach, Tomatoes, Turnips and ALL Herbs.
White Eggplant!
  My advice to anyone getting started:
-Plant ONLY Heirloom Seeds.  Find out why...
  -Plant Basil!!!  It's easy.
  -More easy varieties are: lettuce, beets, radish, turnips and borage.
  -Try Peat Pellets for seed-starting made easy.
  -Plant more seeds than you think you'll need.  Stuff happens!
  -Take notes or keep a log of what works, what didn't work, questions and comments.  Or blog about it!

If you are looking for additional help for natural or organic pest control check out "Natural and Organic Pest Control." I use Neem Oil for powdery mildew when I just can't get rid of it any other way.  
Consider Companion Planting for natural pest control and healthy veggies.


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Would you like more gardening info specific to your area?
Let me know!

Veggie Gardening in the Southern US (Gulf Coast) 
Veggie Gardening in the Southwest US
Kentucky Wonder Beans!

1 comment:

Lelanie Denso said...

when I was young, my father has his own garden and we would have fresh produce of eggplants, peppers and tomatoes! Thanks for sharing this post.

Lelanie @ to-sew-with-love.com