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Know Your Hot Weather Crops

Fill a raised bed, containers, or other landscape spots with these easy-to-grow favorites. Be sure to place smaller plants along sunny south edges.
  • Peppers

    Pepper plants are all the rage at garden centers. Try bell peppers in raised beds, purple-foliage ones in the landscape and ornamental spicy ones in containers. 

    Date Published: May 7, 2018
    Date Updated: May 8, 2018
  • Eggplants

    Eggplants are one of the most beautiful vegetables in your garden's landscape. Their fruits range from deep purple to striped to creamy white. 

    Date Published: May 7, 2018
    Date Updated: May 8, 2018
  • Okra

    Some gardeners grow okra simply for its hibiscuslike blooms, but you can enjoy the vegetables at their peak by harvesting them at 2 inches long or shorter. 

    Date Published: May 7, 2018
    Date Updated: May 8, 2018
  • Tomatoes

    Patio tomatoes are ideal for novice gardeners. Grow them in containers and small gardens. Try cherry tomato plants for an abundance of bite-size fruits. 

    Date Published: May 7, 2018
    Date Updated: May 8, 2018
  • Basil

    This tender annual takes off once the weather warms up. Use leaves fresh in salads, ground into pesto, and snipped into summer pasta. 

    Date Published: May 7, 2018
    Date Updated: May 8, 2018
  • Zucchini

    Plant zucchini for its large tropical-looking leaves and prolific fruits. Harvest them at 6 inches long for optimum flavor.

    Date Published: May 7, 2018
    Date Updated: May 8, 2018
  • Green Beans

    Both types of green beans - bush beans and pole beans - can be planted every 2 weeks to give you harvests all summer. 

    Date Published: May 7, 2018
    Date Updated: May 8, 2018
  • Cucumbers

    Plant cucumber vines beside a trellis. Try a mix of classic slicing varieties, smaller pickling ones, and long Asian varieties. 

    Date Published: May 7, 2018
    Date Updated: May 8, 2018
  • Corn

    Plant early-, mid-, and late-season varieties to ensure the longest season of harvest. Choose from standard sugary, sugar-enhanced, and supersweet varieties with yellow, white, or bicolor kernels. 

    Date Published: May 7, 2018
    Date Updated: May 8, 2018
  • Artichoke

    The edible parts of this relative of the thistle are actually flower buds. The most highly desired parts of the vegetable is the heart, positioned at the base of the bracts, below the hairy center. 

    Date Published: May 7, 2018
    Date Updated: May 8, 2018
  • Melons

    Try honeydew, with a light green or orange flesh; casaba melon, with white flesh; and Chrenshaw melon, with a pinkish flesh. All melons need extended temperatures above 70°F to grow.

    Date Published: May 7, 2018
    Date Updated: May 8, 2018
  • Sweet Potatoes

    Sweet potatoes require a long, warm growing season. Plant slips (sprouts) of sweet potatoes after spring weather has warmed and all danger of frost has passed. 

    Date Published: May 7, 2018
    Date Updated: May 8, 2018

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