7 Top Vegetables EASY to Grow in a HOT Summer

7 Top Vegetables EASY to Grow in a HOT Summer

These are my “seven” top vegetables that are easy to grow in hot summer or warm climates like the subtropics or tropics.

Don’t let the heat stop you from growing delicious food in your backyard no matter how sizzling hot summer gets! This list of vegetables not only love the hot weather they also taste great!

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  1. Doug Mac on August 21, 2021 at 9:38 pm

    Nice video, thanks ☺️

  2. J Richardson on August 21, 2021 at 9:38 pm

    KangKong looks interesting, but it is not allowed in Florida without a permit

  3. Oakland CPA on August 21, 2021 at 9:39 pm

    My kale plants are on a second year now. I just trimmed the stems because they started to grow new leafs in their second summer. Like tomatoes I did not know kale could last more than a year. I am curious about the next season’s leaves; their taste and nutrition levels compared to the first year’s harvest.

  4. David Stillwell on August 21, 2021 at 9:43 pm

    Try tree collards for summer

  5. OSCAR AURELIO ORDONEZ MORALES on August 21, 2021 at 9:46 pm

    Mark, you are really awesome. I enjoy every video you make. This one is particularly funny and informative at the same time. A big hug from Jamundí (Colombia).

  6. Our life out west on August 21, 2021 at 9:47 pm

    Thanks a lot. Good information.

  7. YouTube Is A Joke on August 21, 2021 at 9:49 pm

    You fry the Swiss charred?

  8. Bruce Winter on August 21, 2021 at 9:50 pm

    Thank you

  9. Per Rasmussen on August 21, 2021 at 9:50 pm

    Love your explanations. Easy to understand. But utterly envious, I am living in Japan and you new single raised bed is as big as my entire garden!

  10. Samantha Sanders on August 21, 2021 at 9:53 pm

    Do you have a video on how to do the self watering system? Would this be good for any veggie?

  11. hope king on August 21, 2021 at 9:53 pm

    Its cold in mich again!

  12. David Poland on August 21, 2021 at 9:57 pm

    We are getting summer in June, with 102 several days in a row, when usually that is not until August. So I am looking for summer crops now.

  13. Donna D on August 21, 2021 at 9:57 pm

    Love your videos!

  14. Pia on August 21, 2021 at 9:58 pm

    Of the kale, I like growing white strain of the siberian kale. If you’ve got a batch of red siberian kale and you happen to get a white plant, it will bolt the last. Save seed from that one, or you can buy white siberian kale seeds. I get too many aphids and they are hard to wash off the wrinkling leaves and then I get mildew with the Tuscan/Dino kale Apparently the brassicas that are more white stem tolerate heat better than the reddish strains which tolerate cold better.

  15. Mohamed Fikry on August 21, 2021 at 9:59 pm

    and eggplant , the small ones

  16. Andy Nutzhorn on August 21, 2021 at 10:00 pm

    The scorcher of a week we had in Seattle really cooked my summer patio potato experiment. 🙁 Those radish bean things look like a great next try!

  17. Joel M on August 21, 2021 at 10:01 pm

    You are the Bob Ross of gardening. Love it!

  18. Don Dobbs on August 21, 2021 at 10:02 pm

    In Thailand the Kangkong is called Pak Boon. You’ll see people down in ditches on the roads, gleaning free Pak Boon by the kilo.

  19. Neil Thomas on August 21, 2021 at 10:03 pm

    G’day Mark…I’m in Northen BC in Canada and wondering where to get Kangkong seeds from?

  20. fajr attaya on August 21, 2021 at 10:05 pm

    Egyptian spinach = ملوخية

  21. Muhammad Siddiq on August 21, 2021 at 10:06 pm


  22. jedediahbc on August 21, 2021 at 10:06 pm

    How about root vegetables?

  23. Becoming Self-Sufficient on August 21, 2021 at 10:06 pm

    This was such a helpful video! I’m just about to sow my first spring crop and this will definitely change what I sow. Thanks Mark.

  24. Christine Reardon on August 21, 2021 at 10:06 pm

    This video is more needed than ever this summer

  25. Lizzy L on August 21, 2021 at 10:07 pm

    Thank you sir! I was wondering what I could possibly grow in my garden before the temperatures hit triple digits. I am going to try to grow some of these plants. Thank you so much for sharing this great information!

  26. Chondro Canvas on August 21, 2021 at 10:10 pm

    Kang kong!! I giant roo!

  27. Dean Robbins on August 21, 2021 at 10:12 pm

    3 spinach out of 5 veggies is not encouraging m8.

  28. mila adams on August 21, 2021 at 10:13 pm

    Love your Trellis sir,,

  29. Stephen Hope on August 21, 2021 at 10:14 pm

    I think the ultimate hot weather plant to grow is any of the tomato family. Been growing tomatoes in Sacramento, Ca for 30+ years, they do best when the heat hits.:)

  30. Kenneth Latimer on August 21, 2021 at 10:15 pm

    Why do people say kale doesn’t taste that bad? Wouldn’t be my first choice.

  31. clutch on August 21, 2021 at 10:19 pm

    Love your vids

  32. Grounded Approach on August 21, 2021 at 10:20 pm

    I’m pretty sure I have those walking Egyptian onions in my garden. They’ve been going strong for a year and a half. I love not having to buy green onions ! I just pick some and they’re back the next day it seems

  33. aus2045 on August 21, 2021 at 10:22 pm

    Just to let you know, your tip for perpetual spinach is incorrect. It dies in rockhampton over summer. Once it gets to 39 it wilts, when we get a few days of 41-45 deg it instantly dies. Try again

  34. racebiketuner on August 21, 2021 at 10:25 pm

    Kang Kong starts life as an ordinary kangaroo, then goes through epigenetic changes after eating alfalfa laced with Grazon. He starts getting big and the growth never stops. This very, very hungry marsupial begins devouring everything in his path. In his search for food, he ends up at Dow Chemical headquarters. Poetic justice is served when he crashes their board meeting and slurps down all the members Jurassic Park style…

  35. Leovold of Trest on August 21, 2021 at 10:26 pm

    Best gardening videos on youtube

  36. Small Container Gardening with Lynn on August 21, 2021 at 10:29 pm

    Hi Mark, Question: is the crinkly dark Kale the one they call Dinosaur Kale? (Other names: dino kale, Tuscan kale, lacinato kale, black kale, cavolo nero). Under the "Winter Kill Temperatures of Cold Hardy Vegetables" on Sustainable Market Farming, they name that one as surviving down to -5°F (-19°C). I just bought my first Kale and it is that variety! Dinosaur Kale is also super low in oxalates vs other Kales. And now I know it can take my brutal winters AND intense short summers! Thanks for this. I didn’t know it could do heat too! Very excited.

  37. Priscilla Govender on August 21, 2021 at 10:29 pm

    He loves those worms!

  38. Samantha Hyer on August 21, 2021 at 10:29 pm

    I love your videos.. very informative and funny,

  39. June Turpin on August 21, 2021 at 10:29 pm

    This is my first year growing perpetual spinach. I was wondering how long does it take for a plant to get to the size you have there?

  40. rodrigo ablin on August 21, 2021 at 10:31 pm

    Show us how you cook them

  41. hope king on August 21, 2021 at 10:31 pm

    Sir:How do I get rid of aunts.they bring in afids

  42. Live Freedom on August 21, 2021 at 10:32 pm

    Do you sell seeds?

  43. Jason Espinosa on August 21, 2021 at 10:33 pm

    That Mexican music made me laugh @ 3:31

  44. Ilham Bakhti on August 21, 2021 at 10:33 pm

    Thank you very much from Morocco

  45. All Things Possible on August 21, 2021 at 10:34 pm

    I wish I could afford to grow.