|Corn, a great late summer crop for the desert garden.|
Despite this, corn is a great desert crop. It does well with the heat, intense sun, and dryness. To make it productive however, you just have to plant it at the right time of year. The most productive times to plant corn are in early March so the corn is done pollinating before temperatures consistently break the 100 degree mark. With the year round growing season a second crop of corn can be planted in late July, after the extreme heat of summer has passed and once the monsoon rains start. If planted in this way to avoid pollination during the extreme heat of the summer corn can be extremely productive in the desert. Even at the ideal times of year though corn production can be greatly helped by hand pollination.
|Okra, another great desert summer crop.|
|Armenian cucumbers, an unbelievable summer crop for the desert garden.|
I have also found that certain varieties of summer and winter squash also do well through most of the summer. Summer squash especially can be a great producer but generally need more water than the above mentioned crops. Beans also, especially bush beans don't seem to mind the heat at all. If anyone knows of other crops that grow well in the desert summer heat and sun I would love to know about it.