7 Top Vegetables EASY to Grow in a HOT Summer

7 Top Vegetables EASY to Grow in a HOT Summer


Oh crikey it’s hot! G’day I’m Mark from
Self Sufficient Me and in this video I want to share with you my seven top
vegetables that are the easiest to grow in a hot summer I feel these veggies you
might never have heard of and one might completely surprise you
let’s get into it… Now we live in a subtropical climate where temperatures
can get into the mid 40s but as you can see we still have a lot growing on but
it wasn’t always like this because in the early days when we first started
growing our food here we begin with traditional greens like lettuce broccoli
cauliflower cabbage English spinach these crops are fine during our cooler
months but we quickly found out that they couldn’t be grown through summer…
Bumma… To grow greens all year round we needed to find crops that not only did
well in the heat but that we also liked to eat. So yes we do grow a ton of
produce but not all veggies are considered easy to grow for example
these gourds here require a trellis and a fair bit of space to grow them
effectively but the list of veggies I’m going to give you now they don’t require
anything special at all. Number one – perpetual spinach is a variety of chard
like Swiss or rainbow chard and giant chard except better look all chards are
good but perpetual spinach leaves taste more like regular spinach mild not
bitter and doesn’t have a slimy sap when cooked or cut in salads unlike some
other spinach substitutes the stems can be used like celery and our favorite way
to cook this heat-loving crop is stir-fry perpetual spinach is incredibly
hardy making it easy to grow and it’s not just heat tolerant either it suffers
the cold really well it’s a great all year rounder
due to the cut and come again nature just one plant is usually enough to feed
a family. Number two – Egyptian walking onions remember my how to grow a ton of
onions video where I deliberately planted these walking onions in the
center well the old brown onions are long gone and can’t be grown at this
time of year but this crop of walking onions is now left to take over the bed
and be harvested as needed walking onions spread through a top growing bulb
that eventually bends over and plants itself we still have some brown onions
in storage but they’re running out fast so this crop here will come in handy
these onions are the easiest onion in the world to grow they love the heat and
apparently they even grow in the snow which makes them a great all-rounder for
those who live in extreme conditions and yes they do taste just like a regular
onion. Number three – corn or maize now I know most of you will be pretty familiar
with this crop but what you might not know is that it originated in southern
Mexico around ten thousand years ago and has spread around the globe to become
one of the world’s most important foods with way over a billion tons of it
grown each year besides taste and nutritional value one
of the main reasons why corn is so popular is due to its growing
versatility particularly in hot harsh conditions and that’s why nine hundred
million of the poorest people on earth rely heavily on this crop because
without this easy to grow food source many would starve we can also grow corn
through our subtropical winter here but we tend not to because it grows
stunted and it doesn’t thrive in the cooler weather so we grow it in summer
only. Number four Egyptian spinach if you want to try something that the pharaohs
were munching on back when they build the pyramids
try growing Egyptian spinach this ancient but delicate and mild heat adoring
in green is still popular in the Middle East today and it’s so easy to grow that
we don’t even bother to try anymore it just comes up on its own
each summer like clockwork once the mercury starts rising
we love Egyptian spinach and salad stir fries and soups and it happens to be one
of the most nutritious foods on the planet with roughly four times the
goodness of regular spinach so imagine how big your muscles could grow with
that Popeye eat your heart out! Number five – rats tailed radish check this out
they’re supposed to look like rats tails but I pity a rat with a tail like that…
They’re seed pods from a radish plant that’s grown for these pods and not for
the root the root never develops like regular radish so it’s inedible but the
massive long tasty pods it produces more than makes up for the lack of root
regular radish can’t be grown here at this time of year we’ve got some over
there they’re dead as doornails but this type of radish does and we can
still get our zesty spicy radish hit by just eating these seed pods either
cooked in stir Fry’s or whatever in soups or even eaten raw the young tender
ones are particularly good raw in salads and right next to the rats tails
growing in the same bed we have… Number six –
Kangkong sounds like a movie about a giant kangaroo doesn’t Kangkong or
water spinach is an Asian vegetable that grows natively and easily in their
waterways over in the Philippines Thailand Vietnam and other tropical and
sub-tropical Asian countries it grows so easily in fact that it’s been classified
as a noxious weed in many places around the world as it can clog up water
habitats but here’s a big tip don’t grow it in water
Kangkong grows really well in free-draining soil as long as it’s
watered regularly a great way to grow this prolific green is in a self-watering wicking bed like this one here from Birdies or you could do the same in a medium-sized self watering container
growing kangkong like this is perfect because it’s easy to manage the plant
still gets the moisture it needs and there’s no risk of breeding mosquitoes
it’s so tasty that I even had to cover the crop with this net to stop the
possums wild turkeys and Kan… kon kangaroos from eating it.
Number 7 – sweet potato oh how sweet it is to have a tuber vegetable growing
through our hot sweltering summers a staple food for many Islanders around
the Pacific sweet potato originated in South America and spread like wildfire
around the 1400s not just because it’s so easy to grow but also for its
wholesome food qualities so much so that both China and Japan started farming
sweet potato as insurance against famine when other crops like rice failed sweet
potato grows so well here on our property that we take a fair bit of time
to control it because if we didn’t it would take over the whole vegetable
garden it’s naturally pest resistant and its thick growth smothers weeds making
it easy to look after we grow sweet potato all year round but in cooler
climates it can be grown as an annual through the warmest part of the year
it’s propagated really easily by just taking a cutting bung it into a container
or garden bed keep it watered and it will take off besides the tubers the
leaves are also edible and can be used in cooking just like regular spinach or
the young leaves used raw in salads… I know I said seven but I just had to show
you this bonus vegetable number eight kale and this is the one that I thought
might surprise because many of you would know that kale being a Brassica is a
more traditional crop growing for its cold tolerance
however we grow kale because it suffers our heat and
one of the only traditional leafy vegetables that can plus it tastes
amazing and is high in nutrient value we usually start kale in our subtropical
winter and then let it grow right into our summer which means we almost get a
whopping 12 months out of this fantastic vegetable yes I did say kale suffers our
heat it doesn’t love the hot weather and we do need to keep the water up and
harvest regularly to keep new young leaves coming through growing it out of
season like this can also make it a target for chewing pests so if that
happens just drape some insect netting over it nevertheless the sheer fact that
we can grow kale right into the middle of our hot summer is a testament to how
easy to grow and tough this great vegetable is so I say hail the kale… and they were my eight top vegetables that
are really easy to grow in a hot summer do you have any veggies that you’d like
to add to the list welcome down in the comments section below and of course if
you’ve got any questions whack’em down there – I’ll do my best to answer them
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bye for now crikey I even have to put sunscreen in
my hair to stop my bald patch from burning all the things you do as you get
older I’m getting out of the Sun