5 Vegetables That Grow Well In The Southeast

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Every area of the country has its challenges when it comes to growing vegetables. Growing a vegetable garden in the Southeast is no exception. With blistering hot summer days packed with high humidity, it can be tough to breathe let alone grow fresh vegetables.

An important element for having a successful vegetable garden is choosing vegetables that grow well in your specific area. So, if you live in the Southeast portion of the U.S., here are five common vegetables that are prolific and easy to grow in your area.

Summer Squash

Summer Squash Enjoys Warm Climates

Summer squash and zucchini are ideally suited for growing in the southeast. These vegetables grow well in summer heat as long as they are well-watered. Make sure to pick squash when they are young and tender for the best taste. Picking squash frequently will also help to promote more fruits.

Be sure to watch for those pesky squash vine borers which can quickly devastate your squash crop in the blink of an eye.

Early Prolific Straightneck yellow squash, Black Beauty zucchini, and Sunburst patty pan squash are all excellent choices for the southeast vegetable garden.

Okra

Okra Is Well-Suited for Southeast Vegetable Gardens

When most other vegetables are wilting and suffering from the crazy southern heat, okra is just starting to fire up. This heat-loving plant originates from West Africa and performs better when the soil is allowed to dry out between waterings.

Nothing produces better in the dog days of summer than okra. Plant just a few seedlings in your garden and you will have a continuous supply of okra pods throughout the season.

Make Clemson Spineless and Burgundy your choices for okra and you can’t go wrong.

Eggplant

Eggplant Is a Prolific Producer In Southeast Vegetable Gardens

Eggplant is in the same plant family as tomatoes and potatoes, and perform well in hot temperatures. They can be very prolific producers with many harvest throughout the season.

Eggplant will need frequent waterings during the very hot days and benefit from a thick layer of mulch around the plants. Look out for large infestations of flea beetles which can destroy the leaves of the plant.

Black Beauty and Fairy Tale eggplant grows well in the southeast vegetable garden.

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Potatoes Grow Well In Southeast Vegetable Gardens

Sweet potatoes thrive in hot weather. Plant disease-free slips in your garden and you will reap delicious sweet potatoes in about 120 to 140 days.

Sweet potatoes are generally grown in very warm climates over regular potatoes because they hold up much better in the heat. Use floating row covers to protect young plants from flea beetles.

Georgia Jet and Centennial are some favorite sweet potatoes grown by many shouthern gardeners.

Watermelons

Watermelons Are Typically Found In Many Southeast Vegetable Gardens

Watermelons have long been a symbol of the southern summer time, and there’s good reason why. Watermelons grow very well in the southern summers. Watermelons require a lot of space with vines easily reaching up to fifteen feet in diameter.

Be wary of cucumber beetles which can spread mosaic virus and powdery mildew can be a problem in very humid areas.

Georgia Rattlesnake, Crimson Sweet, and Moon and Stars are all perfect watermelons for warm climates.

While these are certainly not all the vegetables that grow well in the southeast portions of the U.S., these should get you started in the right direction for a productive vegetable garden.

If you live in a different region than the southeast, check out these other areas for recommendations:

5 Vegetables That Grow Well In the Northeast

5 Vegetables That Grow Well In the Midwest

5 Vegetables That Grow Well In the Southwest

5 Vegetables That Grow Well In the Northwest

What are some of the vegetables you grow in your southeast vegetable garden?

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  1. Ellen Peavey says:

    I have planted egg plant, squash, tomato, pea’s, corn lettuce, swiss chard, cucumber, honey dew, green beans , bush beans, onions, garlic, potato’s , sweet potatoe, lettuce, . Still have pumpkins, winter squash and sugar snap pea’s to plant.

  2. Ellen Peavey says:

    Is it possible to grow sugar snap peas in the middle of a straw bale compost pile? Will it grow here and will we be able to eat the pea’s?

  3. Hi Tee! Well I am nearly 60 years old, live in SW Florida and this year I am going to try to grow my first vegetable garden! Yikes!!! Anyway, I just wanted to say hello and let you know that I will be here often trying to figure something out. I will let you know how I am doing from time to time but first I want you to know how much I appreciate sites like this.

    • Hi Becki, thanks so much for stopping by and introducing yourself! I’m very glad to hear you are starting your first vegetable garden. I look forward to hearing all about what you plan to grow and how its progressing throughout the year.

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      Have a great day!

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