The Q&A Archives: Moving to Louisana

Question: We are relocating to southern Louisiana and want to know what kind of vegetables and fruits can be grown there? We are unfamiliar with growing in high humidity.

Answer: Most common vegetable garden crops can be grown in the deep South, but timing of plantings will be critical, and you'll need to pay extra attention to pest control. Diseases especially can be a problem in hot, humid regions. The average last frost date is around mid February, so you'll need to plant cool season crops like peas in late January or, at the latest, early February. Choose fast-maturing varieties so you'll be sure to harvest a good crop before summer's heat arrives. Summer crops like tomatoes, peppers, and squash can be planted any time after the last frost date. You might want to choose heat tolerant potato varieties such as Red Pontiac and Yukon Gold.

You might want to contact your new state's cooperative extension office and/or master gardener's program and see if they can help you acclimate. Hope this helps!

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