The Q&A Archives: Vegetable gardening help

Question: Hello, my gardening zone is N. California Coastal & Inland valleys. I want to plant some vegetables in the late summer. I missed my window for summer crop. It is extremely hot here in Bakersfield. Some days are up to 110 degrees. I want to know what I can plant in September. It does not get too cold here till about January. I was thinking of trying Broccoli, lettuce, and some cucumbers. What else do you think I can grow? Any suggestions, tips and know how would be greatly appreciated. I am a beginner and so far have only grown Jalapeos and Serrano Chilis. Thank you I look forward to hearing a reply!!

Answer: Fall is probably the best time to have a veggie garden in your region. Here are some suggested veggies, along with recommended varieties and planting dates:

Asparagus (crowns); Nov. 15 to Mar. 15; Mary Washington, Jersey Giant, Jersey Gem.
Beets; July 15 to Aug. 15; Ruby Queen, Early Wonder, Red Ace, Pacemaker II.
Broccoli; July 15 to Aug. 15; DeCicco, Packman, Premium Crop, Green Duke, Emperor.
Brussels sprouts; July 1 to 15; Long Island Improved, Jade Cross Hybrid.
Cabbage (plants); Aug 1 to 15; Round Dutch, Early Jersey Wakefield, Red Express, Red Rookie, Sweetbase.
Cabbage, Chinese; Aug. 1 to 15; Pak Choi, Mei Ching, Jade Pagoda, China Pride.
Carrots ; July 1 to 15; Danvers Half Long, Spartan Bonus, Little Finger, Thumbelina, Scarlet Nantes.
Cauliflower; Aug 1 to 15 ; Early Snowball "A", Violet Queen, Snowcrown.
Collards; July 15 to Aug. 15; Vates, Morris' Improved Heading, Carolina, Blue Max.
Cucumbers, pickling; Aug. 1 to 15; Carolina, Calypso, Liberty (mtns.), County Fair '83.
Cucumbers, slicing; Aug. 1 to 15; Poinsett 76, Sweet Slice, County Fair '83, Salad Bush, Fanfare.
Kale; Aug. 15 to Sept. 1; Green Curled Scotch, Early Siberian, Vates, Dwarf Blue Curled Scotch, Blue Knight 6.
Kohlrabi; Aug. 1 to Sept. 1; White Vienna, Grand Duke Hybrid.
Lettuce (leaf); Aug. 1 to Sept. 1; Grand Rapids, Salad Bowl, Buttercrunch, Red Sails, Romulus.
Lettuce (head); Aug. 15 to 31; Great Lakes, Ithaca 10.
Mustard; Aug. 1 to Sept. 15; Southern Giant Curled, Tendergreen, Savannah 2.
Onions (seeds); Sept. 1 to 30; Texas 1015, Granex 33, Candy 4.
Onions (sets or plants); Sept. 1 to 15; Ebenezer, Excell, Early Grano 4.
Radishes; Aug. 15 to Sept. 15; Early Scarlet Globe, Cherry Belle, Snowbells, White Icicle.
Radish, Diakon; Aug. 15 to Sept. 15; April Cross, H. N. Cross.
Rutabagas; July 1 to Aug. 1; American Purple Top, Laurentian.
Spinach; Aug. 1 to 15; Hybrid 7, Dark Green Bloomsdale, Tyee Hybrid.
Turnips; Aug. 1 to 31; Purple Top White Globe, Just Right, Tokyo Cross Hybrid, White Egg, All Top.

Best wishes with your veggie garden!

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