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With rising fuel prices, rising food prices, and just rising temperatures and everything else, people are concerned about budgets, and are more interested than ever in growing their own food. The best seasons for starting a vegetable garden are fall and spring, but you can garden in the summer. Summer amaranth or vegetable amaranth is an excellent choice. It's related to pigweed, so it grows quite well with very little care and just a little bit of water. It's a very nutritious green, and it's one that you can grow on through the heat. Okra likes the heat too. We can continue to plant okra for the next couple of months, and it has a number of different excellent ways to prepare it. If you've only tried fried okra, you need to try a few other okra recipes. It's a Southern favorite and it does well. If your soil is somewhat sandier, or if you bring in a special soil mix for your planting beds, Southern peas will work well here. They don't like our heavy clay soils, but they can be grown in this area. Winter squash is also something that we can be planting now, and that includes the pumpkins. Winter squash is extremely nutritious, high in vitamin A. Even on a small property, you can grow lots of winter squash. Consider putting it on a trellis, and you'll get even more out of your space with it. Malabar spinach is really not a spinach; it's a green, but it loves the heat. Malabar grows right through the summer.
We can also keep planting peppers and eggplant, too, along with cantaloupes and watermelons.