Autumn Edibles to Plant in the South

R. L. Rhodes
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Cabbage, parsley and other autumn vegetables.

Mild autumns allow gardeners in the American South a relatively long growing season this time of year. The further south you go, the more latitude you’ll have. Thus, counties along the Gulf coast may still be able to plant from seed many edibles—like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, potatoes, and snap peas, while more northern counties will have to content themselves with transplanting.

“I plant a several varieties of turnip greens when my summer garden gives out in September,” says Travis, one of our Muddy Boots reporters in Georgia. “Shogoin turnip, Southern Curly Mustard and Seven Top Turnips are some of my favorites.” Other autumn root vegetables you can try include beets, carrots and radishes.

Autumn is especially favorable for cole crops, the best known being that hardy staple, cabbage. Related varieties include bok choy (also known as “Chinese cabbage”) and kohlrabi, both of which can be planted now. With a little more care, you can also grow leafy greens like lettuce, kale and Swiss chard.

Looking ahead to October, be ready to plant garlic and spinach.

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