Hirabara Farm, Kameula, Big Island, Hawai'i
Photo by Lainie Kertesz, Johnny's Territory Sales Rep
"Is it hot enough for you?" You've probably heard this greeting more than once during the dog days of summer. If you're like most growers, your main concern is less for yourself (you can get out of the heat!) than for your crops. Most vegetables—even the ones we think of as "heat-loving"—don't do that well when temperatures soar.
In this two-part article, we cover basic production strategies for getting your crops through summer's heat, a mounting challenge for many growers. We then address the needs of cool-season crops as temperatures climb, rather than those that are inherently heat-loving—although there are differences among both—including recommendations for varieties that perform best in the heat.