Top 7 Crops that Thrive in the Hot Summer Desert Vegetable Garden

John from shares with you the top 7 crops that have done really well in his hot summer desert garden where the temperatures regularly exceed 100 degrees. In this episode John will take you around his back yard vegetable garden and share with you these crops and tell you more about them. After watching this episode, you are sure to learn about some proven winners that will allow you to grow food in the hot summer garden.


  1. Tessa H on May 2, 2021 at 12:10 am

    I was surprised to learn that dino kale can take the heat because it comes from italy and the red russian is from a colder climate. I planted both this fall and to my surprise the dino kale did best here in zone 8 with a few light frosts.Weird I think

  2. Robin Lanter on May 2, 2021 at 12:12 am

    Do they all do good even in the desert heat of Arizona?

  3. kurgon1976 on May 2, 2021 at 12:12 am

    What part of CA are you in and how did you get injured?

  4. Joseph Hanson on May 2, 2021 at 12:12 am

    I live in the desert and where I am has great soil

  5. Lana E Shaw on May 2, 2021 at 12:13 am

    I am very interested in how you control aphids. I have collards and I loose most to aphids. Thank you

  6. Chakawm on May 2, 2021 at 12:15 am


  7. heidigib01 on May 2, 2021 at 12:17 am

    I haven’t watched in awhile, when did you move to AZ?

  8. Nicholas Tsagkos on May 2, 2021 at 12:18 am

    another excellent video …
    * ps. do you dye your hair or they stay naturally black?!
    i have gray hair and i want to stay young for ever

  9. Elizabeth Shaw on May 2, 2021 at 12:19 am

    I am about to move for Maine to Palm Springs California and I want to God and even though I am in an electric wheelchair and disabled. I have 43 hours per week of Home Health Care and they can help me with a Garden. It is very different than growing a garden in Maine and I understand a lot of that do to friends in one of the Valley’s which is extremely hot and arid. here I had somebody make me some raised beds up to my waist and I am 6 feet tall so that myself and my helper didn’t have to get down on the ground because I cannot do that my spine is broken from my neck all the way down through my tailbone. The vertebrae are all cracked and that’s just one of a million other things that I deal with and I don’t talk a lot about. Could I use a raised bed like that if it’s deep enough and long enough as well as wide enough? The two I had built here were humongous!

  10. Wanna Wander on May 2, 2021 at 12:21 am

    Very informative, thank you for the video… I am trying to plant a garden in the desert of Southeastern California, wish me luck and a green thumb… Happy trails💜

  11. THA BROWZER on May 2, 2021 at 12:21 am

    Dude? What the hell happened to you? You don’t mention it, the broken arm yes, but fat lip too? What happened? We want to know, bomb videos

  12. Lene Ring on May 2, 2021 at 12:25 am

    Why don’t you write the plants names n the videos? It would help a lot people with second language

  13. Shon Fredrickson on May 2, 2021 at 12:26 am

    I got Dinosaur Kale last December after checking out your video. Plated at start of February. It’s growing very well.

  14. ILHEM ACHOUR BOUAKEZ on May 2, 2021 at 12:26 am

    thank you that was helpful

  15. Axe Grinder on May 2, 2021 at 12:29 am

    John, I like how you tend to just allow some "plants" to bolt or not, very good for just enjoying the full-on magnitude of the "plant" but,,,,, PLEASE stop calling everything "guys" I am a guy who had a supervisor in a furniture shop that called every single part(s) of a project "guys." Thank you in advance. John, please, please work on this for me if you don’t mind. Love your vids. John!

  16. Infinite Sovereignty on May 2, 2021 at 12:31 am

    Can you share a god seed source?

  17. dion thompson on May 2, 2021 at 12:32 am

    Finally, a video which got to the point. thanks.

  18. Jay Valencia on May 2, 2021 at 12:33 am

    Thanks John, we’re moving to the southwest and need to grow greens and common veggies. I hope you heal fast and have a happy New Year.

  19. TristadiGenova-CHANG THEESheriffAZGov&Prez on May 2, 2021 at 12:35 am

    Hi John! Your shows are always awesome!! Inspired me to start me own desert gardening series:
    Can you pls cross-subscribe? : Thanks!!

  20. Carson Rush on May 2, 2021 at 12:35 am

    check out Native Seed Search and Desert Survivors in Tucson, Arizona. They’re two businesses that specialize in desert adapted plants. Their websites contain huge lists of desert adapted plants.

  21. Shelley on May 2, 2021 at 12:38 am

    I just got into gardening. I live in Las Vegas but the only place I have to garden is on a patio with indirect light. DO you think my vegetables will do ok or should I not grow until I move?

  22. Andrea Dahab on May 2, 2021 at 12:39 am

    Hi, thanks for this interesting video. What was the last vegetable called? I cannot understand it in the video. I do live in the desert and I am searchong for suitable veggies to grow in the summer.

  23. Boy Pazaway on May 2, 2021 at 12:39 am

    Is that a Marijuana plant besides the okra, lol

  24. jay C on May 2, 2021 at 12:40 am

    Can’t say thank you enough for the helpful advice.

  25. Barsabus on May 2, 2021 at 12:41 am

    Grow okra if you want to get raided by the police. It looks like a pot plant.

  26. Jesus Sanchez on May 2, 2021 at 12:43 am

    Hey thanks I like this video very helpful

  27. Carson Rush on May 2, 2021 at 12:44 am

    Basil (Thai and others) 1:09,
    okra 2:09,
    solanancic family (spelling?) (Tomatoes and peppers and eggplants) 2:52,
    Dinosaur kale (many alliases) 3:38,
    Malibar spinach 4:45,
    Swiss chard 5:16, and
    Purple perennial tree collards 5:45.

  28. Ed Campanaro on May 2, 2021 at 12:45 am

    We have a large raised bed veg garden in the So. Cal desert [Palm Springs]. Each year I explore with different plants to see how they will do. We have had a very hot Spring this year – was 110 f yesterday – on May 8th. This year I planted one artichoke in February. It has grown to about 4′ w X 4" tall – with some side shoots. We have picked over 40 chokes so far, with a few smaller ones still coming. Crazy! We were shocked how well this did, and how productive too. Really enjoy your channel.

  29. ISE Garden on May 2, 2021 at 12:47 am

    What is happening to your hands?

  30. Omi Sarsoza on May 2, 2021 at 12:48 am

    You can’t grow lacinato kale in hot summer heat

  31. Brittan Piatt on May 2, 2021 at 12:49 am

    He a little serial killerish

  32. Aridzonan13 on May 2, 2021 at 12:49 am

    Are you in AZ?? Our winter garden has been doing great. We’re just North of Phx @ the 2000′ mark. But, our Summer garden was seriously stressed. The okra were stunted. Any tips? I love okra..

  33. Elena Zaaba on May 2, 2021 at 12:50 am

    I am trying to grow radish & eggplant on a desert ground. Lets see if they will survive!

  34. Simply Impish on May 2, 2021 at 12:52 am

    Wow, so beautiful 🌸

  35. Gary Martin on May 2, 2021 at 12:53 am

    Who beat you up John?

  36. Gia Đình Việt TV Cuộc Sống Mỹ on May 2, 2021 at 12:55 am

    Thanks for sharing

  37. Mark Maysey on May 2, 2021 at 12:56 am

    Awesome video!

  38. ANCHARAP CHARAP on May 2, 2021 at 12:56 am

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  39. P Ruiz on May 2, 2021 at 12:56 am

    How to you keep your soil good season after season when you dont have compost?

  40. Thoughts 11 on May 2, 2021 at 12:58 am

    John how did you control aphids on kale? I would like to know what worked..

  41. Rahul Shah on May 2, 2021 at 12:58 am

    Very well done 🤓

  42. FishinMoney-Darren on May 2, 2021 at 12:59 am

    My swiss chard grew almost out of control in henderson NV.

  43. Basic Mixr on May 2, 2021 at 1:01 am

    Great! Check out my recycled garden experiment

  44. TristadiGenova-CHANG THEESheriffAZGov&Prez on May 2, 2021 at 1:01 am

    wow!! didn’t know that about basil – i’ve been trimming tops, wasting seeds 🙁 and chard too tks

  45. AK-pulka al-Kuwait on May 2, 2021 at 1:02 am

    КАК! казах, так научился говорить по английски?

  46. Veronica Be on May 2, 2021 at 1:03 am

    i love you man. you are great. i do grow my greens, but my yards, don’t look that much greens like you.

  47. T Brown Records on May 2, 2021 at 1:04 am

    You made a cool video

  48. TG on May 2, 2021 at 1:04 am

    His top crops; Thai basil, okra, eggplant, black kale, ruberob (sp?) spinach, swiss chard, purple tree collards,

  49. neverlostforwords on May 2, 2021 at 1:05 am

    Very relevant here in Melbourne Australia now that we have long dry hot summers. I will have to look for the okra, malibar spinach and purple collards. I will probably have to find seed and grow from seed.

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