The climate in the Gulf Coast Region is the perfect recipe for every gardener’s dream! With lots of sun, a bit of rain, and a long growing season, you can pretty much grow just about anything you want. The month of September brings on some heat in the beginning of the month, with the return of autumn and cooler, wetter weather toward the end of the month. So what should you plant in your vegetable garden this month, to reap the benefits of the rest of the long season? We’re covering four vegetables to plant in September and how to care for them.
Snap beans – the beans that have little round pods in them – are easy to care for and can be enjoyed fresh off the vine, or slow simmered for a rich flavor. You might want to grab a start or start seeds indoors for fall planting, as it takes a while for these plants to mature. But once they’re bearing their beautiful pods, the fall crop of snap beans is exceptionally sweet and delicious.
One of the top 10 crops to grow on the Gulf Coast is cucumbers and we’re pretty happy we can add them to the list of top vegetables to plant in September. Cucumbers like warm, humid weather, loose, organic soil, and plenty of sunlight. They can be planted in hills or rows, and they can be trained for climbing a trellis. Now the question is, will you pickle them or eat as is?
An excellent addition to hearty autumnal soups and salads, Kale is packed with fiber, iron, calcium, and vitamins K, C, and A. It’s very easy to find success with this vegetable. You can even plant it in containers! The key is knowing how to harvest correctly. Always pick the bottommost leaves, never from the center.
Another stellar fall ingredient, onions landed a spot on our September planting list. A cold-season crop, onions are easy to grow because of their hardiness. We recommend starting these from onion sets, which can be planted without worry of the first frost. As with all vegetables, they like a healthy dose of fertilizer and compost, with some extra nitrogen to boost growth.
It’s not too late to start your vegetable garden. Head to your nearest nursery and grab some starts or seeds, and you’ll be on your way to creating your own homesteading garden. For more tips on planting like a pro, visit the Olympus Katy Ranch blog.