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Vegetable Gardening Month by Month

Living in the south has it's benefits. Although our summers are hot, the other three seasons of the year are typically mild, making it possible to have a vegetable garden year round!

Vegetables to Plant in January:

beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery*, Chinese cabbage, collards, eggplant**, English and snow peas, Irish potatoes***, kale, kohlrabi, leeks*, lettuce, mustard, onions*, peppers**, radish, rutabaga, shallots*, snow peas, spinach, Swiss chard, tomatoes** and turnips.

* use sets, or transplants; ** plant seeds in hot beds or greenhouses; *** plant seed pieces

Vegetables to Plant in February

beets, broccoli*, cabbage*, carrots, cauliflower*,collards, corn**, Swiss chard, eggplant***, Irish potatoes*, kohlrabi, lettuce, mustard, peppers***, radish, rutabagas, snap beans**, shallots, tomatoes***, turnips

* plant transplants or seed pieces; ** plant in late February in south La.; *** sow seeds in hot beds or greenhouses

Vegetables to Plant in March

cantaloupe, collards, corn, cucumbers, cucuzzi, eggplant*, kohlrabi*, lima beans, mirliton**, mustard, peppers*, pumpkin, radish, snap beans, Southern peas, summer squash, Swiss chard, tomatoes*, watermelons, winter squash

* plant transplants in mid to late March; ** plant the entire fruit with the sprouted end in the soil about 3 inches deep

Vegetables to Plant in April

cantaloupe, collards, corn, cucumber, cucuzzi, cushaw, eggplant*, honeydew, lima beans, luffa, Malabar spinach, mirliton (plant sprouted fruit), okra, peppers*, pumpkin, snap beans, Southern peas, squashes, sweet potato (rooted cuttings known as Aslips), Swiss chard, tomato, watermelon

Vegetables to Plant in May:

collards, cucuzzi, eggplant, hot pepper, luffa, mirliton (plant sprouted fruit), okra, peanut, pumpkin, Southern peas, squash, sweet potato (use slips), heat tolerant tomatoes.

Due to heat and pest problems, the following vegetables are generally not as productive planted this late. Plant in early May:

corn, cucumber, lima bean, snap bean, Swiss chard

Vegetables to Plant in June

cantaloupe, collards, cucuzzi, eggplant, luffa, okra, peanuts, hot peppers, pumpkin, Southern peas, sweet potato (slips), Swiss chard, watermelons, heat tolerant tomatoes. Although squash and cucumbers can be planted in June and July, production is difficult during mid summer due to pest problems. In late June you can plant seeds of tomatoes, bell peppers and eggplant for fall transplant production.

Vegetables to Plant in July

broccoli*, Brussels sprouts*, cabbage*, cantaloupe, cauliflower*, Chinese cabbage*, collards, cucumbers, luffa, okra, peppers*, pumpkins, Southern peas, shallots, squashes, tomatoes*, watermelons

* plant seeds for transplants

Vegetables to Plant in August

bell pepper*, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, bunching onions**, cabbage, cauliflower, Swiss chard, Chinese cabbage, collards, cucumbers, lima beans, mustard, snap beans, Southern peas, peppers*, Irish potatoes, ***rutabagas, shallots**, squashes, tomatoes*, turnips

* transplants; ** sets; *** plant small, whole potatoes saved from the spring crop

Vegetables to Plant in September

beets, Brussels sprouts, broccoli*, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower*, Chinese cabbage, collards, English and snow peas, Irish potato***kale, kohlrabi, leek, lettuce, mustard, onion, radish, rutabagas, shallots**, snap beans, Swiss chard, turnips

* plant seeds early or use transplants; ** plant sets; *** plant small, whole potatoes saved from the spring crop

Vegetables to Plant in October

beets, broccoli*, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower*, celery, Chinese cabbage, collards, garlic**, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce***, leeks, mustard, onions, radishes, shallots, Swiss chard

* plant transplants by mid month; ** plant individual toes; *** leaf and semi-heading varieties are more reliable than heading types

Vegetables to Plant in November

beets, cabbage, carrots, celery, collards, garlic, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, mustard, onions, radishes, rutabaga, shallots, spinach, Swiss chard, turnips

Vegetables to Plant in December

beets, Brussels sprouts*, cabbage, carrots, celery*, Chinese cabbage, collards, garlic*, kale, kohlrabi, leeks**, lettuce, mustard, onions**, radish, rutabaga, shallots**, spinach, Swiss chard, turnips

* plant transplants; ** plant sets or transplants


This comprehensive schedule was brought to you by: Kim Liles, Louisiana Nursery and Prepared by: Dan Gill, Consumer Horticulturist, LSU AgCenter


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