The summer is winding down at the beach. The kids are going back to school. The songs of the cicada carry on through the hot afternoons into the evening. Many traditional summer crops are waning, though southern staples are the shining stars right now; okra, sweet potatoes, southern peas, and figs, to name a few. The rhythmic cycles of the seasons signal new beginnings for the gardener. It’s that time of year to begin planning the fall garden and one of the best times to garden in the South. Below is a guide for what to start from seed over the next three months. Now is also the time to start planning where you may like to add fruit trees in your perennial garden.
COOL SEASON SEEDS TO START IN AUGUST – with protection from extreme heat and harsh afternoon sun:
COOL SEASON SEEDS TO START IN SEPTEMBER:
Onions (short day or bunching)
COOL SEASON SEEDS TO START IN OCTOBER:
Don’t forget the annual flowers that are great for pollinators, companion plants, and adding a pop of color to the garden. Sunflowers, zinnias, and marigolds are just a few options that can be started again. This list is meant to be used as a guideline for Zone 8-9. Your growing conditions may vary depending on your location, access to sun, and microclimate. Happy fall gardening!