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Vegetable Gardening in the Southeast Plains

The Southeast Plains include the plains areas of Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi,  Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina plus small parts of Missouri and Oklahoma. The region is a mosaic of cropland, pasture, woodland, and forest land. Agriculture includes corn, cotton, soybeans, peanuts, onions, sweet potatoes, melons, and tobacco. Larger cities include Lexington, Kentucky, Nashville and Memphis, Tennessee, Shreveport, Baton Rouge, and New Orleans, Louisiana, Jackson, Mississippi, Montgomery, Alabama, Augusta, Georgia, Charleson and Columbia, South Carolina.

The Mid-South areas of Tennessee, Kentucky, and Northeast Arkansas get 50 to 60 inches of rain a year. Summers are hot and humid and winters are cold. The Lower South plains areas of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia have hot, humid summers and cool, drier winters. Vegetables can be grown year round in the Lower South plains, but July and August are the most challenging because of high temperatures. The Gulf Coast Plains within about 100 miles of the coast have hot, humid summers and cool winters. Vegetables can be grown year-round because of the Southern latitude and moderating effect of the Gulf on temperatures.

Southeast Plains Vegetable Gardening Information

Selected information from Cooperative Extension Publications

Growing Vegetables Organically (Univ of Georgia)


Home Vegetable Gardening (Including Planting Dates)


Guide to Cool Season Spring Planted Vegetables (With Planting Dates)

Fall Vegetable Gardens (With Planting Dates)

Guide to Warm-Season Vegetables (With Planting Dates)

Growing Vegetables in Mini-gardens


Spring & Summer Planting Dates

Fall Planting Dates

Gardening in Arkansas


Louisiana Vegetable Planting Guide - With planting dates and variety recommendations (both hybrid and heirloom)


Mississippi Gardening Information (Including Planting Dates)

Starting Vegetable Transplants

Fruit & Nut Review - Citrus

Fruit & Nut Review - Peaches Nectarines & Plums

Fruit & Nut Recommendations

Composting for the Mississippi Gardener


Planting Guide for Home Gardening in Alabama (Including Planting Dates)


Vegetable Planting Dates

Home Gardening Information (UGA)

South Carolina

Heirloom Vegetable Varieties

Planning a Garden (With Planting Dates for South Carolina)