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What plants are good for a garden in SouthWest Virginia?

I have a small garden this year and planted pole beans, peppers,cucumbers,roma tomatoes, pumpkin and egg plant. The cucumbers, tomatoes & pole beans are growing, the pumpkins are in bloom too, but the two eggplants (bought already grown from Lowes) didn't make it. The peppers, that were sprouts when I planted them, didn't make it either. Any idea what will grow best in South West Virginia? I was wondering what I might have done wrong with my eggplants. Also, does anyone know if watermelon will grow well here.


  1. Tomatoes. South West Virginia is Hardiness Zone 7. Read the tags on plants at the nursery (Lowe's, Home Depot also). If you are looking for veggies - those are annuals anyway, and most should grow fine. Peppers, Cukes, Strawberries, Sunflowers, Cantelope, etc. Your eggplants should do great - with some good soil, bug spray, and water. Watermelon will grow there! Yes indeed. There are methods to improve your soil also. consider learning how to compost your garbage. Mix leaves, sticks, garbage and dirt in layers. Next year it will make your garden fantastic. The more you do this, the better it gets! From your comments, seems that you need to learn about watering (proper amount) and fertilizer. Also, bugs are plant killers.
  2. We've had something of a drought here in VA, that might have done in your eggplants & peppers. Watermelon is very popular in Central VA- go for it! My grandfather grew corn, strawberries, tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, apples, cherries, blackberries, and grapes- he lived in the Lynchburg area.