September: What to Plant in Your Garden Right Now in Tennessee

Are you just starting a garden or looking to add to an existing one?

Planting in September in Tennessee can vary based on the specific climate and growing conditions in different parts of the state. It’s important to consider your local climate and frost dates.

What to Plant During September in Your Garden

Cool-Season Vegetables

  • Lettuce
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Radishes
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage

Root Crops

  • Carrots
  • Beets
  • Turnips


  • Cilantro
  • Parsley
  • Chives
  • Thyme
  • Sage
  • Garlic

Perennial Flowers and Shrubs

  • Peonies
  • Daylilies
  • Iris
  • Roses


  • Tulips
  • Daffodils
  • Crocuses

Cover Crops

If you have empty garden beds that won’t be planted with vegetables, consider planting cover crops to improve soil health. Common cover crop choices include legumes (clover, vetch, peas), grasses (rye, oats, barley), brassicas (mustard, radish), and more.


If you’re starting seeds indoors, you can also transplant seedlings of various vegetables into your garden in September. Be sure to provide them with proper protection from potential frost.

Additionally, providing proper care, such as regular watering and mulching, will drastically help your plants establish well before winter sets in.

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