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Timely Tendings: Plant cool-season vegetable crops this month

Get started on the next crops: cool-season veggies

September is a great time to plant cool-season vegetable crops such as broccoli, cabbage, celery, lettuce, onions, and peas. If you have not yet prepared for your fall vegetable garden, it's not too late to get started now. By using transplants from your local garden center you can get your garden off to a faster start. For all you need to know about vegetable gardening in Florida, visit the Florida Vegetable Gardening Guide at

Some suggested varieties of these cool-season veggies include:

Broccoli: Early Green Sprouting, Waltham 29, Atlantic, Green Comet, Green Duke

Cabbage: Gourmet, Marion Market, King Cole, Market Prize, Red Acre, Chieftan Savoy, Rio Verde, Bravo

Celery: Utah Strains, Florida Strains, Summer Pascal

Lettuce: Crisp — Minetto, Ithaca, Fulton, Floricrisp; Butterhead — Bibb, White Boston, Tom Thumb; Leaf- Prize Head, Red Sails, Salad Bowl; Romaine — Parris Island Cos, Valmaine, Floricos

Onions: Bulbing — Excel, Texas Grano, Granex, White Granex, Tropicana Red; Bunching — White Portugal, Evergreen, Beltsville Bunching, Perfecto Blanco; Multipliers — Shallots

Peas: Wando, Green Arrow, Laxton's Progress, Sugar Snap, Oregon Sugar

Compiled by Theresa Badurek, urban horticulture extension agent, UF/IFAS Pinellas County Extension Service. For additional landscape and garden information, visit For regular tips and information about what's growing in Pinellas, go to