Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Some Like It Hot: Veggies That Beat the Heat

For those of you that think you missed your chance for this year... cheer up. All is not lost.

I share on four unbeatable plants for the heat in this month's Natural Awakenings article:


At June 5, 2013 at 7:45 AM , Blogger jean said...

These 4 veggies work well for us all year, being warm here all the time. God knew what he was doing when he gave us plants for all seasons : )

At June 5, 2013 at 8:14 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am picking up my sweet potato slips this morning (local nursery is holding their last nine for me - yay!). I'll have to see if they have okra now too. I'm not sure why I haven't ventured into the bean growing thing yet . . . I love beans. Of course I'm still very much a "newbie" to all this veggie growing.

At June 5, 2013 at 4:29 PM , Blogger Uncle Tony said...

I's an error of omission that seminole pumpkins and pigeon peas are not on this list.

At June 5, 2013 at 5:22 PM , Blogger David The Good said...

As long as it's not a sin.

Those are both great additions. I have both in my yard, though up here the problem with pigeon peas is that they tend to freeze at just about the time they're going into full production. Unless you start them in March, it's tough to get them going. I'm trying Seminole pumpkins for the first time and they're growing like monsters.

If I had more space in my article, I could have also added corn and sunflowers, and even water chestnuts. And if I wanted to get kicked out of the Master Gardener program, I could've also recommended the "winged yam," Dioscorea alata. That's an awesome staple that loves the heat. It's a shame they put the poor thing on the Evil Scary Invasive list.

At June 5, 2013 at 5:23 PM , Blogger David The Good said...

I have to say... I'm jealous. If I had a chance to move to the tropics, I'd take it in a heartbeat.

At June 5, 2013 at 5:25 PM , Blogger David The Good said...

Beans are so easy you'll wonder why you hadn't tried them earlier. Glad you got some sweet potatoes. They're a staple here. Okra is easy from seed - I wouldn't worry about buying seedlings, if that's what you're thinking. I think they're stronger when direct planted.


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