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7 of the Best Summer Vegetables for Home Gardens

Written by Naomi Meza

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Posted on August 05 2022

Vegetables are a good starting point if you are looking for something that is resistant to hot climate environments and warm fronts to grow in your garden.

 

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You can always count on the following seven summer garden vegetables that won't die in the summer but withstand the heat, no matter how hot it gets.

The summer vegetables to grow include:

1. Armenian Cucumbers

Green armenian cucumbers

While most cucumber varieties wilt in hot environments, Armenian cucumbers keep producing flowers and fruits.

You might want to include a wind baffle to shelter your cucumbers and soil from the breeze, thus retaining moisture.

 

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Most people love Armenian cucumbers because they feature a unique melon-like flavor, and you can eat them with salads.

 

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You can also prepare them into pickles. Harvest your Armenian cucumbers after attaining an 18 inches length.

2. Beans

Person picking green beans from a plant.

Green beans, lima beans, winged beans, pole beans, etc., are among the wide bean varieties that are well suited to grow in hot weather.

 

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You are most likely to find French beans in your nearest grocery store. These beans require warm temperatures and full sun to attain their full glory.

Harvest your green beans when they are between one foot to fifteen inches long. Avoid letting your beans mature to full size on the vine.

3. Hot Peppers

Red hot chili peppers on plant in home garden

Typically, hot peppers originated from warm countries in South and Central America. Therefore, they can thrive in regions where most plants struggle due to summer heat.

We recommend mulching your hot peppers for very hot climates. But be careful not to cover delicate hot pepper seedlings in your summer garden bed.

Harvest the fruits when they are deep, dark green for varieties like jalapenos, and green to orange, red, or reddish brown for hot pepper varieties like Serrano, Cayenne, Tabasco, Anaheim, etc.

4. Okra

Green okra in a wicker basket

Being among the true summer garden vegetables originating in Egypt or possibly South East Asia, okra is delicious and easy to grow, provided you harvest the crop before it gets woody.

We recommend any heirloom variety of okra, especially those with long cultivation histories. Why? 

They have deep root systems that give them wider access to underground water when it is hot and dry on the surface.

 

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5. Tomatoes

Red tomato plant

While some tomato varieties will do fine up to around 90oF, others can thrive in hotter environments.

However, you have to know a few things. Mulching your tomatoes will help keep the roots from drying out.

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Additionally, weeding will help eliminate weeds that would otherwise compete with the tomatoes for nutrients and moisture.

Remember that tomatoes grown in a summer garden will not get as red, meaning you should harvest them while they are orange.

6. Herbs

Herb plants hanging upside down

Undoubtedly, most herbs do well in extreme weather conditions. For example, it is easy to find rosemary and sage poking through the rocks in the desert.

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Cilantro, basil, mint, dill, and chives are all hardy and helpful to have at hand, so why not grow them in your garden this summer?

Furthermore, you can harvest up to 75 percent of your current season's growth at one time. But ensure you start harvesting your herbs when the plants have sufficient foliage to maintain growth.

7. Corn

Homegrown yellow corn with husks on

Corn is known to have originated as tropical grass and does best at 77 to 90oF. But it can handle up to 112oF for short periods.

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However, you may have to offer your growing corn with generous hydration and consistently moist soil.

This way, they can cope with the sun's heat and grow into tall plants. Harvest your corn when it eventually produces sweet and juicy kernels.

Final Word

When coping with this summer's hot weather, we recommend allowing the summer garden bed or nursery to raise plants while they are young.

You will save more money and effort watering your summer garden vegetables if you wait longer to purchase them.

In addition, adding our specialty fertilizers (lettuce, cucumber, tomato, etc.) which are heavy metal-free and eco-friendly, will encourage your summer vegetables to grow more enthusiastically when it is hot outside.

So, you can purchase our fertilizers or browse our website for more information.

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