Hardy Plants That Can Take The Heat

Here are some summertime options for those of you looking for vegetables to grow in blazing temperatures. Make sure to water and mulch with all of these plants. They are more resistant to drought and heat, but will still require some protection from dehydration.

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Pumpkins
With pumpkins, the more sun the better. Choose a spot that gets at least 6 hours of direct sunlight a day. Temperatures of 70 degrees F and up are ideal. Water them in the early morning.

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Peppers
These also love full sun. Peppers were grown originally in Central and South America, Mexico, and West Indies. They were born for the heat! Also, peppers have no frost tolerance and heat helps to speed up their seedling’s germination process.

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Eggplants
They love warmth and grow best in well-drained, sunny spots. Their coarse leaves provide cover to shade them from the heat, but mulching will still be beneficial to hold moisture.

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Bush Beans
These grow best in organic rich soil with full sunlight. Once they start growing, bush beans are fairly self-sufficient. Just make sure to give them at two to three inches of water a week.

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Squash
Another lover of full sunlight, squash grow best in the heat and with good drainage. Watering deeply once a week is key to their success.

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Cucumbers
Being a tropical vegetable, cucumbers thrive in hot weather as long as they get at least an inch of water per week. Warm, organic soil will make them taste their best. It is recommended to give them some filtered afternoon shade if temperatures are constantly above 90 degrees F.

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Tomatoes
This popular crop loves the warmth. They need at least 8 hours of sun a day to give them the perfect flavor. Another thing that makes them great for how weather is that you can use their tall form as shade for your less heat tolerant plants. The most heat tolerant varieties include Green Zebra tomatoes and Yellow Pear Heirloom tomatoes.

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