Second Summer Gardening In Zones 9 & 10

For much of the country, the so-called second season of fall offers gardeners a second chance to grow cool-season vegetables before winter. But, thanks to our milder winters, we can grow both those and warm season veggies in fall, effectively turning the whole year into one constant vegetable garden.

Warm Season Vegetables:

Warm season veggies are planted at the end of summer and are left to grow until a killing frost. In zone 10, where frosts are less common, they may be grown all winter with some protection on nights when freezes or frosts are forecasted.
Warm Season Veggies that should be planted August-September in zone 9:

-Corn

-Cucumbers

-Sweet Peppers

-Squash

-Pumpkins

-Tomatoes

-Watermelon

Warm season veggies that should be planted September-October in zone 9:

-Lima Beans

-Snap Peas

Warm Season Veggies that should be planted September-April in zone 10:

-Lima Beans

-Snap Peas

-Cantaloupe

-Corn

-Cucumbers

-Cowpeas

-Sweet Peppers

-Tomatoes

Warm Season Veggies that should be planted August-September in zone 10:

-Melons

-Summer Squash

-Pumpkins

-Eggplants

-Okra

-Hot Peppers

 

Cool Season Vegetables:


Cool season veggies are especially valuable in zone 9 gardens, since they thrive in winter and provide a pop of color when the rest of the winter landscape is brown and boring. In either zone, begin incorporating cool season vegetables into your plots both before and after the warm-season veggies finish producing.

Begin tucking lettuce or other salad greens beneath warm-season veggies early in the season so that they will quickly pick up where they left off.
Cool Season Veggies that can be planted October-March in zones 9 and 10:

-Radish

-Spinach

-Lettuce

-Collard Greens

-Peas

-Swiss Chard

-Beets

Longer maturing veggies that should be planted September-October in zones 9 and 10:

-Onions

-Garlic

-Kohlrabi

-Cauliflower

-Cabbage

To read more about Second Summer click below

Second Summer Gardening

Second Summer for Zones 3 & 4

Second Summer for Zones 5 &6

Second Summer for Zones 7 &8