Many vegetables are grown in Mississippi on small acreages for sale in local markets. Irish potatoes are grown on 250 to 500 acres each year, okra is grown on 300 to 600 acres, and squashes and pumpkins are grown on 300 to 1,000 acres. Turnip and rutabaga roots are grown on less then 100 acres each year. Green and bulb onions are normally grown on less than 50 acres each. Several other crops are grown on 20 acres, or less, each year. In Mississippi, 43 different vegetables are grown commercially each year.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Why do they call them Irish potatoes?
- Does zucchini produce more than yellow summer squash?
- Which lettuces grow best in Mississippi?
- Which type of potato should be planted in Mississippi and when?
- Why aren't more pumpkins grown in Mississippi?
- Can I grow Vidalia onions in Mississippi?
- Which variety of onion seed is used for green onions?
- Why don't rutabagas do well in Mississippi?
- What causes brown streaks in my turnip roots?
- How can I get okra seed to germinate more uniformly?
Sept. 22 may be the first day of fall, but the best way to know summer is ending is to look at all the colorful pumpkin and gourd displays at local garden centers around the state.
MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Just as Good Friday signals the time to get the spring garden in the ground, August's heat is the indication that it's time to plant the fall garden.
David Nagel, horticulture specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said now is the time to plant tomatoes, peppers, squash, sweet corn, peas and beans.
"Summer gardens typically wind down in early August when the temperatures start being consistently above 95 degrees," Nagel said. "That's when you clean the garden out and plant the fall garden."