Time in Louisiana to plant winter crops. Usually it doesn't fall far below 20 degrees here, so you can plant a number of things. This year I'm putting in lettuce, endive, radishes, and broccoli. As usual, I'm using heirloom seeds from The Southern Exposure Seed Exchange.
After the longest drought ever experienced in Louisiana last year, we now have had one of the mildest winters. Here it is early February and it's been in the 70's for a couple of weeks now. I just finished planting my seeds in my portable greenhouses (I use peat pellets). If it will quit raining long enough this weekend I'll be constructing raised beds.
A few days ago I planted blueberry bushes and strawberries. These are fruits that are guaranteed to produce once they are estblished. For those not familiar with growing blueberries, you have to have at least two different varieties planted. I planted one each of "Climax" and "Miffblue".The strawberries I chose were "Ozark Beauties", which are an old favorite of mine.
The reason for the raised beds has nothing to do with the quality of the soil, we have the best soil in the world here. It has to do with drainage. We are prone to very heavy rains and on level ground, you might find your crops in standing water long enough to drown them.