What Vegetables Can I Grow in Mississippi in the Fall?
Many people associate vegetable gardening with spring and summer. However, Mississippi's warm climate allows for gardening into the fall. Part of a successful fall garden is choosing the right plants.
Some warm-season vegetables including peppers, tomatoes and okra; grow well in the fall garden. Choose early varieties that don't need a long growing season. Plant young transplants in late July or early August for a yield before the first frost.
Fall vegetables that can take a little cold include broccoli, cabbage and other brassicas, radishes, onions, turnips and beets, spinach, lettuce and other greens, and bush snap beans. Mississippi State University suggests planting these 30 to 60 days before the first frost. Hot weather may keep seeds from germinating, so start these plants indoors.
Growing fall-season vegetables in containers keeps frost-sensitive plants alive in the event of an early frost. Container growing requires more careful watering and fertilization, but allows you to move vegetables to a sheltered location in cold weather.