We didn't intend to do hot summer garden trials this year, its just one of those things that happened to us. Gardens were failing all around our area, but we ate well and had an abundance to share. So, we thought we should share our successes with other folks who live where summers get blisteringly hot for a couple or three months. I'm not talking about you Florida and Gulf Coast folks. You are a breed apart. I'm talking about lower Midwest, Upper Texas, Oklahoma, Inland California, Upper South, Mid-Atlantic, etc.
Tomatoes were not a groovy thing this year. Oh, we had some varieties that did okay. But, none of them thrived, that's for sure. So, we are not going to talk about tomatoes. Here is a list of what did extremely well for us:
Sweet and Hot Peppers, Okra, Cow (Southern, black eyed) Peas, Eggplant, Yard Long Beans, Sweet Potatoes, Melons, and Watermelons.
There's some pretty good eating in there. The yard long beans are really fun and beautiful, and produce well during heat that sends pole beans packing. We will have seed of one variety that we think is outstanding for next year.
Okra takes getting used to if you did not grow up in the South. We find it is delicious when stir fried with some of those sweet peppers and yard long beans. Cooking it quickly on high heat and a little oil keeps the slime from making an unwanted appearance. It is crisp, hearty, and yummy. No need to deep fry it. I'm getting hungry. More later...