Top 7 Crops that Thrive in the Hot Summer Desert Vegetable Garden

Top 7 Crops that Thrive in the Hot Summer Desert Vegetable Garden

Alright! This is John Kohler with
Today I have another exciting episode for you. You know, I’m here in my limited mobility
here in my sling and my other arm is probably like still 60% usable, 40% nonusable. I can’t
like stretch my arm out straight and all this kind of stuff and I can’t really do a lot
of stuff, but I’m learning to manage and get by and I figured I’d film another video for
you guys and this one is goanna be pretty easy at that. What we’re going to do today
is go over my top 7 plants to grow in the hot summer heat in the dessert. So, whether
you live in the hot summer heat or somewhere else, these plants will probably do well for
you. Some of these plants need really good heat to produce well, and any others will
just produce well wherever you are. So, these are some hardcore plants that can take the
extreme heats, and, you know, even with the not-so-much watering, they’re still goanna
do great. So, let’s go on a tour of my backyard garden area and share these 7 crops with you.
Check it out, basil. One of my top picks for growing in the extreme heat in the dessert.
It does really well. I’ve got, probably, 7 different kinds of basil in this bed here.
One of my favorites is actually this guy right here. It’s actually a Thai basil. It looks
pretty and also hasn’t been bolting like many of my other basils do. Many people might cut
back their basil when it does tend to bolt because they want to produce more leaves.
I personally don’t care. I like it when it bolts because it attracts the bees. I can
also go here and pick the flowers and eat the basil flowers. Quite delicious. You can
actually cut off the basil tops and use those in food preparation as well as the leaves.
It kind of has that basil flavor as well. As well as, you know, I’m goanna be letting
the seeds drop and see if I get basil coming up randomly in my garden. Plus, by not cutting
the tops off it’s less work, especially when you’re hurt. So, my top crop for growing in
the heat of the dessert, amazingly enough, is the okra. These guys are putting out a
lot, like they put out okras and okras every single day, and I love them so much. You want
to remember to harvest them when they’re young so they’re much more tender and they’re delicious.
I like to actually eat them raw. Chop them up, I make a fabulous seaweed salad out of
them, which I may have in a future episode, but the okras have done amazingly well here.
Even with little water, they produce good. You know, I haven’t been able to grow okra
this well before in California with a milder climate, but the extreme heat, these guys
really put out. Besides okra, let’s take a look at another crop that’s done quite well
for me, here in the dessert. So, the next crop that does well here in the dessert is
solanance family crops. So, solanance family includes things like tomatoes and peppers,
and also the eggplant. Now, while I don’t necessarily encourage growing tomatoes, cause
tomatoes don’t really take the heat to well, and peppers do a little better, the eggplants
do the best. Check this out. This guy right here is just loaded up with eggplants and
I got different kinds of eggplants. I mean, every place we look, there’s just eggplants
ripening up, waiting to be eaten. I got these purple ones, I got some white ones, and I
even got some really funny heirloom orange ones that are really cool. I just can’t, you
know, turn down growing eggplants, ’cause they do so well even though they’re not particularly
one of my favorite fruits, I will turn these guys into eggplant bacon one of these days.
Next, let’s talk about the leafy greens. Leafy greens are one of the most important foods
I think everybody should be including in their diet each and every day. After all, my channel
is called growingyourgreens. So, yes, even in the middle of the dessert in 100 degree
days, I’m growing my greens, and one of the ones I’m proud to let you guys know works
really well: the dinosaur kale or lochtesino kale, loctinato kale, whatever you want to
call it, black kale, Tuscan kale, there’s so many different words for it. I mean, literally
if you go down to the local organic produce shop, like whole foods, I like to call them
whole paycheck, you know, they’ll charge you $3 for literally 6 leaves, but look at this.
The leaves are growing so amazingly now in the middle of the summer. Earlier in the season,
what happened was these guys were hit bad with aphids, but we controlled the aphids,
and now these guys are growing really well. Super well actually. I can’t necessarily recommend
growing red Russian kale, while is my other usually summer kale to grow. Actually, it
hasn’t done quite well this summer, but the dinosaur kale has done really good and tastes
oh so good as well. So, another leafy green you can grow quite successfully in the dessert,
right here. It’s called ruberaw spinach. That’s what it was called actually anyways when it
went to Houston. I like to call it red Malabar spinach. It’s a nice succulent leaf. It’s
a tropical. It’ll grow great in tropical places like south Florida, Hawaii as well. Man, I
like these guys. These are some little seedlings I’ve started, and they’re doing quire well.
They’re soon to be transplanted out. Now, these guys are viners, so you want to give
them a nice trellis to climb up, and man they’re goanna put on a lot of leaves for you guys
to eat. So, my other favorite leafy green to grow: Swiss chard. The Swiss chards are
definitely good, and they grow right through the summer. Middle of the heat, they do fine,
actually. I like the chard because literally you could plant them in the springtime and
they’ll last all the way through to the next spring. I mean, it happens every year here.
It happens for me in California as well, and you can’t go wrong with some Swiss chard,
and I especially love the nice saltiness flavor of the stalks. Of course, my last leafy green
vegetables to grow in the dessert in the summertime in the heat has got to be purple perennial
tree collards. These guys, you know, if I lift this guy up straight, towers over me,
man. This guys probably like 8 feet tall now. I mean, right through the summer it grows
well. You got to remember to water it enough. If you underwater, the leaves are goanna grow
really small, if you give it more water, then the leaves are goanna grow big and it’s goanna
grow more lush. It does like to stay wet, and if you water it, you’re goanna be rewarded
with a lot of nice delicious leaves. Now, they do get a bit spicier and hotter in the
summertime, so I tend to eat them but not as much as in the wintertime, when the sweetness
really comes out. Hopefully you guys enjoyed this quick episode. Once again, my name is
John Kohler with We’ll see you next time and remember; keep on growing.
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96 thoughts on “Top 7 Crops that Thrive in the Hot Summer Desert Vegetable Garden

  1. John, weird thing happened to my swiss chards, kales & collards this summer in my Waikiki back yard. They got withering during the day , standing up at night for a month then they finally died. I even moved them to a shady area below my banana trees thinking the hot sun was the reason they witherred. Any idea what I can do in the future ? I am waiting for new seedling…

    Quyen & Bruce

  2. I was growing similar crops in Colombia at 2000 meters [where I'd think the sun might wilt plants quicker than lower elevations]. They are in hugulkultur rows and got rain every day, so their moisture was very well regulated. I'd guess that is what your plants are experiencing. Bed them like you would tomatoes so that they'll drain well but have that moisture exchange under the soil.

  3. Thank you John….. Do you have a video, or can you make one, that focuses on when to plant crops for the different seasons. Thank you! :0)

  4. In addition to the ones you mentioned I have collard greens, squash and melons that are all doing really well in hot (but humid) climate.

  5. jhon im in vegas n was able to take out my aphid problem with tobacco I have plenty seeds / types and it is easy to grow

  6. JPR4, have you or anyone reading tried eating the flowers of okra? I have not yet, but it is tempting. Not much info out there about them. They are attractive daily, and one of my new found favorites.

  7. I keep caterpillars away by inspecting the leaves daily, rubbing off any eggs (wear gloves if you're squeamish). If you're too late and the caterpillars have hatched, you can either pick them off and step on them individually (not nice, I know!), or sprinkle diatomaceous earth on them, which is non toxic (google it). You'll need to reapply the DE after a rainfall, but my dad swears by it for caterpillar damage control. BTW, wasps are great for caterpillar control–they feed them to their babies.

  8. I always enjoy your watching your videos John, your an inspiration to the food growing community. Happy Gardening Marty

  9. Sound like you have Cabbage Moth, You may want to try and bring more natural predators into the garden to clean them up. I hope John doesn't mind me answering the question. Do research on Cabbage moth and take action. ps: Avoid those chemical sprays, they just kill of all the beneficial insects and your problem will increase. Happy Gardening Marty

  10. John:ย  What HAPPENED to you?ย  I know this is old, but inquiring minds want to know.ย  : )

  11. Hi Jhon I Sebastian and I want to do a aquaponic in Phillipines where is hot weather
    And to grow lettuce can you say me please how to grow it in hot weather from seed to maturity .
    Would be very helpful if you coukd help me with few tips

  12. You have been so helpful! I just bought my first house, and am a beginner. I try my best to get as many organic phytonutrients in my diet as possible, and what better way then to grow the plants myself?I have no idea what I'm doing and being in AZ does not make it any easier. You have been a God send! Keep doing what you do. ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. wow I missed what happened, John you've been told that those Swiss chards can get mean, no really what happened?

    also thanks I've been wondering if you can do an episode of
    Jojoba bean plant, its a desert shrub and has many uses.

  14. John, you know a good desert variety of corn? And if they can grow grapes in the Israeli desert and all through out bible culture, there must be a good grape strain. Any thoughts.

  15. Okra loves the heat! I started some okra in May of 2015 and ended up with an 11' okra tree that was putting out 20+ pods a day by November! Unfortunately, those plants really do not like the cold weather and it ended up being killed by an early freeze we had that year.

  16. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
    u said
    "whole food I liked to call while Paycheck" ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ so tru buddy … totally agree imma start using that.

  17. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
    u said
    "whole food I liked to call while Paycheck" ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ so tru buddy … totally agree imma start using that.

  18. Hey John, I'm in Colorado Springs and it high and dry and cold. So I like to watch your drier climate plants, it's encouraging. I love your videos, they re so energetic and just like you.

  19. Love the video. Some people complain about not having tastier options but it's the desert… what do you expect? And he seems like a serial killer for real lol but I kinda like him. Def love your vids mang๐Ÿ˜

  20. Basil (Thai and others) 1:09,
    okra 2:09,
    solanancic family (spelling?) (Tomatoes and peppers and eggplants) 2:52,
    Dinosaur kale (many alliases) 3:38,
    Malibar spinach 4:45,
    Swiss chard 5:16, and
    Purple perennial tree collards 5:45.

  21. check out Native Seed Search and Desert Survivors in Tucson, Arizona. They're two businesses that specialize in desert adapted plants. Their websites contain huge lists of desert adapted plants.

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  23. Very relevant here in Melbourne Australia now that we have long dry hot summers. I will have to look for the okra, malibar spinach and purple collards. I will probably have to find seed and grow from seed.

  24. Just moved to Egypt . Is it possible you could point me to a place to learn more garding in the deserts

  25. Have you ever tried like your lettuce or your leafy greens in a loofah I have seen that before and I was gonna try it this year where you soak a loofah for like two days and then you put your your lettuce or your kale are you in both inside the loofah and then you water consistently and you end up getting a little small Iโ€™ve seen him but Iโ€™m gonna try them this year I was wondering if youโ€™ve even done that or heard of it

  26. Thanks for the great info! I live in Las Vegas and it's hard to find things that can tolerate the heat of the summer. One plant you may want to try is the Armenian cucumber, if you haven't already. They do well in the heat, mainly because they aren't true cucumbers but melons, which love the heat. The Armenian cukes are not bitter and there's no need to peel them. They are crisp, unlike regular cukes, even when soaked in vinegar.

  27. another excellent video …
    * ps. do you dye your hair or they stay naturally black?!
    i have gray hair and i want to stay young for ever

  28. John, I like how you tend to just allow some "plants" to bolt or not, very good for just enjoying the full-on magnitude of the "plant" but,,,,, PLEASE stop calling everything "guys" I am a guy who had a supervisor in a furniture shop that called every single part(s) of a project "guys." Thank you in advance. John, please, please work on this for me if you don't mind. Love your vids. John!

  29. Hi John! Your shows are always awesome!! Inspired me to start me own desert gardening series:
    Can you pls cross-subscribe? : Thanks!!

  30. wow!! didn't know that about basil – i've been trimming tops, wasting seeds ๐Ÿ™ and chard too tks

  31. I got Dinosaur Kale last December after checking out your video. Plated at start of February. It's growing very well.

  32. Dude? What the hell happened to you? You donโ€™t mention it, the broken arm yes, but fat lip too? What happened? We want to know, bomb videos

  33. Very informative, thank you for the videoโ€ฆ I am trying to plant a garden in the desert of Southeastern California, wish me luck and a green thumbโ€ฆ Happy trails๐Ÿ’œ

  34. Thanks John, we're moving to the southwest and need to grow greens and common veggies. I hope you heal fast and have a happy New Year.

  35. I am about to move for Maine to Palm Springs California and I want to God and even though I am in an electric wheelchair and disabled. I have 43 hours per week of Home Health Care and they can help me with a Garden. It is very different than growing a garden in Maine and I understand a lot of that do to friends in one of the Valley's which is extremely hot and arid. here I had somebody make me some raised beds up to my waist and I am 6 feet tall so that myself and my helper didn't have to get down on the ground because I cannot do that my spine is broken from my neck all the way down through my tailbone. The vertebrae are all cracked and that's just one of a million other things that I deal with and I don't talk a lot about. Could I use a raised bed like that if it's deep enough and long enough as well as wide enough? The two I had built here were humongous!

  36. Are you in AZ?? Our winter garden has been doing great. We're just North of Phx @ the 2000' mark. But, our Summer garden was seriously stressed. The okra were stunted. Any tips? I love okra..

  37. I was surprised to learn that dino kale can take the heat because it comes from italy and the red russian is from a colder climate. I planted both this fall and to my surprise the dino kale did best here in zone 8 with a few light frosts.Weird I think

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