You've heard the old saying, "there's a season for everything." Well the same goes for the regions we grow in. Some plants grow best in mountainous environments, and others in more arid landscapes. One way to ensure a bountiful harvest from your garden is to make sure you're cultivating crops that are known to thrive in that region.
That's where the USDA's Plant Hardiness Zone Map comes in. It's the "standard by which gardeners and growers can determine which plants are most likely to thrive in a location" and can be found here.
For gardeners growing in Zone 9A where I live (Harris County, Houston, TX), I've compiled a handy list below of all the best plants for Fall/Winter in our region. (Source: Harris County AgriLife)
Typical Maturity Rates from planting to Harvest
Let me know which vegetables you pick and how they do for you!