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When to Plant Vegetables in USDA Zones 8, 9, 10 and 11

Vegetable Gardening in Warm Climates

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Gardeners in USDA Hardiness Zones 8 and above enjoy a longer gardening season than gardeners with long, freezing winters. There may be more warm days in the zones, but sometimes the heat can be too much for growing vegetables. This can mean turning your vegetable gardening calendar on end or having 2 separate vegetable growing seasons that may have little to do with the usual gardening calendar. So it can get a little confusing trying to figure out what to plant in the spring, when things are heating up and what to plant in the fall, when the rains come.

If you're new to a warm climate or to vegetable gardening, there is plenty of help for you at your local Cooperative Extension office. The Master Gardeners or an agent will be able to give you ideas for what plants do well in your area and when to plant them. Much of this information is now online. Below are links to planting guidelines for states with idiosyncratic vegetable gardening calendars. Most are from the state's Cooperative Extension Service, except where noted.)

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