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Heat-Loving Edibles to Grow This Summer

Sweet Potatoes
Sweet Potatoes

Easy-to-grow and super nutritious, these sweet and starchy tubers can be planted well into July. Loosen the soil, plant the tubers, and watch them grow.

Peppers
Peppers

All varieties of peppers grow well in the heat. Choose from bell, sweet or hot and grow in garden beds or containers. Plant three seeds per hole and thin out the weakest seedlings.

Tropical “Spinach”
Tropical “Spinach”

If you’re craving leafy greens but think the heat might wilt them, these might be the plant for you. Sisso, Malabar and New Zealand are similar to spinach, the leaves are nutrient-rich and they’re easy-to-grow.

Black-Eyed Peas
Black-Eyed Peas

A hardy and productive crop, these legumes can withstand heat, drought, and grow in the sandiest of Florida’s soil. Besides being high in protein, black-eyed peas improve digestion and are an anti-inflammatory food.

Watermelon
Watermelon

Native to Africa, melons love the heat and seeds can be sowed directly into the ground. They are a thirsty fruit, so keep well-watered and fertilize with an organic fertilizer high in nitrogen.

Basil, Rosemary and Other Heat-Loving Herbs
Basil, Rosemary and Other Heat-Loving Herbs

Heat-loving herbs will grow quickly when started from seed. Plant in full sun and water only in dry weather. Keep beds mulched to conserve soil moisture and control weeds.

Ginger
Ginger

Grow ginger in a pot or trench in the shade or partial shade in soil amended with lots of organic compost. Use this spicy rhizome to add zip to recipes. It’s also known to help digestion.