How to Grow Vegetables That Like Heat in a Garden


Many vegetables need the heat of summer to grow and thrive. Tomato seeds do not germinate until the soil has reached 50 to 55 degrees F. Squash of all types mildews easily in damp weather. Other heat-loving vegetables include cucumbers, corn, melons, peppers, eggplants and beans of all types. Carrots and other root vegetables grow in the hot months when they are kept cool with mulch. The big leaves of heat-loving squash provide shade for the tender leaves of lettuce and spinach.

Step 1

Prepare the soil one week before planting. Incorporate one shovelful of mature compost to each one square foot of soil. Compost adds valuable living organisms that ingest organic materials and transform them into nutrients. Adding compost increases the nutritional value of vegetables, according to The Organic Center.

Step 2

Plant seeds according to individual instructions on the seed packet. Mist frequently with a hand-held hose until they germinate.

Step 3

Irrigate growing vegetable plants deeply once a week. In July, August and September vegetables need 2 inches of water per week for best growth.

Step 4

Mulch plants with a thin layer of straw, newspaper or compost. Mulch keeps the roots cool, controls weeds and reduces watering needs.

Step 5

Apply a handful of compost as a side-dressing monthly to each vegetable plant. Nutrient-rich compost enables vegetables to resist disease and harmful insect infestations more easily.

Tips and Warnings

  • Light, frequent watering is not recommended because it encourages shallow root growth. Deep watering allows roots to reach under the soil for water.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden gloves
  • Seeds
  • Shovel
  • Compost
  • Mulch


  • The Organic Center: Nutritional Superiority of Plant-Based Organic Food
  • LA County Smart Gardening: Water-wise Gardening
  • Oklahoma State University Extension: Summer Care of the Home Vegetable Garden

Who Can Help

  • Los Angeles County Smart Gardening Program: Backyard Composting
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About this Author

Joan Norton, M.A., is a licensed psychotherapist and professional writer in the field of women's spirituality. She blogs and has two published books on the subject of Mary Magdalene; "14 Steps To Awaken The Sacred Feminine:Women in the Circle of Mary Magdalene," and "The Mary Magdalene Within."