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What to Plant in September in Santa Fe

While September marks the start of fall, you still have time to grow some healthy, fast-growing plants! Most of the plants we share below can be harvested before the first snow fall in our southwest area.

Are you already wondering what can you sow in September? Have you ever heard of the gardening zone map? To save you some time we located Santa Fe on this special map (a version of the map can be found here).  It seems to fall right in the midst of zones 5b, 6a, 6b and 7a.  Most growers in the Santa Fe area tend to choose zone 6b as their growing practices. Check out the map to pinpoint your specific location.

Based on best practices, below is a zone-wise list to make the most of your garden this fall. (Reminder, check out zone 6 if you’re located in the Santa Fe area.)

What to Plant in September

Let’s begin by sharing one important note – while most people prefer to use compost, one of the best things you can do for your winter plants is to make sure you have quality healthy and hearty soil. A great way to enhance your soil is by making DIY soil mixes for containers, pots, and beds. Now your soil is ready, let’s have a look at the planting list:

Zone 1

  • Cabbage
  • Garlic
  • Radish

Zone 2

  • Artichokes
  • Garlic
  • Radish
  • Spinach
  • Turnips

Zone 3 and Zone 4

  • Beans
  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Corn (zone 4 only)
  • Cucumber
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Onions (zone 4)
  • Peas
  • Spinach
  • Squash (zone 4)
  • Tomatoes (zone 4)

Zone 5 and Zone 6

  • Beans
  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Corn
  • Cucumber
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Onions
  • Peas
  • Peppers
  • Spinach
  • Squash
  • Tomatoes

Zone 7 and Zone 8

  • Beans
  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Peas
  • Peppers (zone 8)
  • Spinach
  • Squash
  • Tomatoes (zone 8)

Zone 9 and Zone 10

  • Beans
  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery (zone 10)
  • Corn
  • Cucumber
  • Eggplant (zone 10)
  • Endive
  • Kale
  • Kohlrabi (zone 9)
  • Lettuce
  • Onions
  • Parsley (zone 9)
  • Peas
  • Peppers
  • Spinach
  • Tomatoes

Fall is the most sought after planting season in many regions, and hope is defiantly not lost in Northern New Mexico and the southwest in general. People begin to clear their beds and let hens dig for creepy-crawlies to prepare the ground for the September plantation. They start doing so in mid-August only so by the time September arrives, they are ready to start planting.

Pro tip: when preparing your garden for an abundant winter, remove the mulch and try using something like a plastic sheet to trap the heat and keep the soil warm.

So, what veggies and fruits do you plan to sow? Need help deciding and planting your favorite fruits and vegetables? Connect with the experts at Newman’s Nursery – your very own Santa Fe nursery for fall plantings.

Happy Gardening!