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Planting for Fall in Zone 9a

While this time of year many plants that are doing well and producing beautiful fruit and veggies to the north are struggling here in the hot, humid south. Pretty much without shade cloth, okra, beans, peppers, maybe tomatoes, eggplants and few others are the only things hanging around--at least in my garden. Fear not fellow Southerners--all is not lost for as fall sets in and many garden seasons come to an end, we are able to have a second round of "Spring" type plantings.

End of August through September is a GREAT time to start planning and actively planting a garden! Starting seeds for things like brassicas (cabbages, kale, broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts) as well as a second round of tomatoes --and one of my favorites for this time of the year--carrots! (and other root veggies). Herbs like cilantro that bolt in the heat do well during fall and even into winter here. I think lettuces may be worth a try this year once it cools off as well--I always throw a few experimental crops in and sometimes have great luck. As a favorite fellow gardener/farmer of mine says "if you plant nothing you'll have nothing but if you try it, you may get a good harvest." I'll list some things that have worked well for me in the past below.

This is also a great time of year to take stock of seeds, save some seeds from your flowers, herbs, and veggies that are at their end of days for the next year. I'll talk more about that later but I find seeds from plants acclimated to your own microclimate (weather specific to your home/garden) are so much more productive, healthy and pest resistant.

So if you are ready to start--join me and over at the Tube of Yous (haha) below for some casual plant along. I'm also considering doing a live plant along on Instagram or YouTube for my second round once I pull up our tomatoes. Let me know what you think in the comments and beyond that, I want to know what you are planting this year! Happy Growing garden friends!

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