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Vegetable Planting Guide For Ventura County (Zone 9)

Jean Pericone - Monday, February 22, 2021

Gardening in Zone 9 means that you have year-round gardening opportunities. The winters are comparatively warm, spring and fall are mild and summers hot. Growing vegetables in Zone 9 can be easy, if your crops are started at the correct time of the year.

Bellow is a list of crops that will grow well in Zone 9 and a guide as to when to plant them.

Crop

Month to Plant

Recommended Verities

Notes

Beans, Green

March-April

Blue Lake, Cherokee Wax, Kentucky Wonder

Both bush and pole

Beans, Lima

March-April

Henderson, Jackson Wonder

Trellis for support!

Cantaloupes

March-April

Ambrosia, Athena, Galia

Keep fruit of soil to avoid rot

Carrots

September-March

Danvers, Nates, Imprator

Raised beds work best!

Cauliflower

January-February

Brocoverde, Snowball

Some are green headed

Celery

January-March

Utah Strains are best

Soil must remain moist

Collard Greens

February-April

Top Bunch, Georgia Southern

Will last into warm months

Corn, Sweet

March-April

Sliver Queen, Sweet Ice, Early Sunglow

Keep verities separate

Cucumbers

February-April

Poinsett, Space Master, Eureka, Boston Pickling

For slicing or pickling

Eggplant

Febuary-July

Black Beauty, Ichiban

Likes warm weather, stake!

Mustard Greens

September-May

Tander green, green wave, Florida Broad Leaf

Easily damaged by frost

Okra

March-July

Emeral, Clemson Spineless

Loves hot weather

Onions, green

August-March

Evergreen Bunching, White Lisbon

Short day types work best

Peppers

February-April

Bell, Sweet, Hot

Mulching helps production

Potatoes

January-March

Red Pontiac, Yukon gold

Do not use store bought

Potatoes, Sweet

March-June

Beauregard, Vardaman

Likes hot weather

Pumpkin

March-April

Big Max, Jack O Lantern

Requires a lot of space

Radish

September-March

Cherry Belle, Sparkler

Grows VERY fast

Squash, Summer

March-April

Summer Crookneck, Black Beauty Zucchini

Beware of summer pests

Squash, Winter

March-August

Spaghetti, Butternut

Requires pollination

Tomatoes

February-April

Celebrity, Better Boy, Cherokee, Brandy Wine

Stake for support

Turnips

January-April

Purple Top, Seven Top

Roots and Tops edible!

Watermelon

March-April

Jubilee, Crimson Sweet, Sugar Babay

Requires a lot of space

Happy gardening!


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