We finally made it through the desert summer here in Phoenix. The temps are starting to slowly cool down which means it is time to get planting. This is the best time to start most of your cool-season crops here in the valley. We created this detailed September Garden Calendar for the Low Desert as your fall planting reference guide.
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VEGETABLES TO PLANT IN SEPTEMBER:
Plant these between September 1st & 15th:
Beans (Snap Beans)
You still have a few more weeks to get your snap beans in the ground before it gets too cold. Here are a few of our favorite bean varieties:
- Royal Burgundy Bush Bean Seeds – Organic
- Trio Bush Bean Seeds – 3 Seed Varieties
- Blue Lake 274 Bush Bean Seeds – Organic, Heirloom
- Gold Rush Bush Bean Seeds – Organic
- Orient Wonder Pole Yard Long Bean Seeds
Last call for summer squash! If you love squash as much as we do, you can still plant out your seeds for zucchini, yellow squash and other summer squash varieties.
- Black Beauty Summer Squash Seeds – Organic, Heirloom
- Cube of Butter Squash Seeds
- Scallop Blend Summer (Patty Pan) Squash Seeds – Heirloom
Plant End of Month – September 15-30th
Did you know that beets come if a few different colors? Red beets are excellent roasted and pickled. One of our new favorites is Golden Beets with their deep orange center and slightly sweet flavor.
I don’t know how it woks in you house, but peas RARELY make it to the kitchen. They are a perfect garden snack. Nothing can beat the taste of fresh picked peas right off the vine.
Plant All Month
September is the perfect time of year to get your fall garden started. There are so many great options that you can plant now in your raised bed or in ground garden beds. If you need to add more beds to fit all these plants in, here is a great video instructions for building an easy raised bed garden:
We just put down seeds in one of our renovated garden beds. Just waiting for the seeds to germinate and dreaming about yummy fall stir fry.
One of our favorite superfoods to grow in the fall is broccoli. There is nothing tastier than organic, homegrown broccoli.
- Belstar Broccoli Seeds– Organic (heat tolerant)
- Chinese Kale (Kailaan) Seeds
- Romanesco Broccoli Seeds – Heirloom
- Waltham 29 Broccoli Seeds – Heirloom
Not my favorite vegetable in the world, but maybe because I have never grown these myself. This year I may have to give Brussel sprouts a try. The little mini cabbages are so cute growing up the tall plant stalk.
- Long Island Improved Brussels Sprouts Seeds – Heirloom
Cabbage (Plus Chinese Cabbage)
We can not wait for the cabbage season and homemade sauerkraut and kimchi. Cabbage has so many uses in the kitchen and can be a great source of natural pro-biotics.
- Copenhagen Market Cabbage Seeds – Heirloom
- One Kilo Slow Bolt Napa Cabbage Seeds
- Red Acre Cabbage Seeds – Organic
Who doesn’t love carrots? Fresh carrots straight from the garden are so delicious. They are best grown in fall when they can sweeten up with the cold weather setting in.
- Atomic Red Carrot Seeds
- Carnival Blend Carrot Seeds – Organic
- Cosmic Purple Carrot Seeds
- Scarlet Nantes Carrot Seeds – Organic, Heirloom
Cauliflower is a great replacement for rice if you are on a low carb diet. You can even make homemade low carb pizza crusts and so much more with this versatile vegetable.
- Snowball Y Cauliflower Seeds – Organic
- Cauliflower Seeds – Graffiti Hybrid (Purple)
- Cauliflower Seeds – Cheddar Hybrid
Celery can sometimes be tricky to grow, at least for me. But homegrown celery is so worth the effort.
Chard is one of our winter staples in the garden. We love adding it stir fry’s, making chard chips (like Kale Chips), and adding fresh leaves to soups and stews.
- Bright Lights Swiss Chard Seeds
- Rainbow Mixture Swiss Chard Seeds – Organic, Heirloom
- Ruby Red/Rhubarb Swiss Chard Seeds – Organic, Heirloom
Endive is another family favorite that adds texture to ordinary salads. If you let it go to seed you will get beautiful purplish flower blooms in the spring to dress up your garden.
- Olesh Tres Fine Endive Seeds – Organic
Green onions are one of our favorite plants for our fall garden. We always make sure we have space for quite a few plants.
- White Lisbon Bunching/Scallion Onion Seeds – Organic, Heirloom
- Onion Seeds – Bunching – Everygreen – Organic
We just LOVE making Kale Chips. Growing our own kale throughout the winter gives us a nice steady supply whenever we are getting a craving. Kale is also great in soups, stews, and stir fry.
- Nero Toscana Kale Seeds – Organic, Heirloom
- Premier Blend Kale Seeds – Variety Pack
- Vates Blue Scotch Curled – Organic
Kohlrabi is an interesting vegetable to grow in the garden. The bulbs on these plants grow above the ground, unlike beets and radishes.
Leeks are easy to grow and perfect for adding to wintertime soups and stews.
We impatiently wait all summer to be able to start seeding lettuce in the garden. My family loves fresh salads. I have a hard time buying lettuce at the store because the taste is nowhere as fresh as homegrown.
- Buttercrunch Butterhead Lettuce Seeds – Organic, Heirloom
- Crisphead Great Lakes 118 – Heirloom, Non-GMO
- Paris Island COS – Heirloom, Non-GMO
Leaf lettuce is easy to grow in most areas. Our favorite varieties include the red lettuces.
- Bronze Guard Lettuce Leaf – Heirloom, Non-GMO
- Lollo Rosso Leaf Lettuce – Organic, Heirloom, Non-GMO
- Oak Leaf Lettuce – Heirloom, Non-GMO
Mustard greens are full of vitamins A and C & K. They also have a good amount of fiber and minerals. A perfect addition to any healthy diet.
- Red Giant Mustard – Organic, Heirloom, Non-GMO
- Wasabi Mustard Seeds – Organic, Heirloom, Non-GMO
- Tendergreen Mustard Spinach Seeds – Heirloom
Roasted vegetables with parsnips is one of our favorite meals. Check out some of these varieties:
Parsnip Hollow Crown – Organic
If you have never tried roasted radishes, now is your chance. Radishes are quick to grow. They only take about 20 days from seed to harvest.
- Radish – Cherry Belle – Organic
Rutabagas contain vitamin C, potassium, and magnesium. Growing a garden is more exciting to try new vegetables.
- American Purple Top – Heirloom, Non GMO
Spinach is another winter staple in our house. It is easy to grow and keeps on giving all season long.
- Spinach – Bloomsdale Long Standing – Organic
Turnips are another great fall vegetable to plant in your garden. Have you ever tried Turnip & Potato Mash? So yummy.
- Turnip Purple Top White Globe – Heirloom, Non-GMO
- Market Express Turnip Seeds
- Seven Top (grown for the greens) – Heirloom, Non-GMO