Not many veggie growers here. Every bug and disease really attacks vegetables here. There are some folks trying to grow plots commercially, peppers, cucumbers, okra. Tomatoes suffer the long warm nights here and refuse to pollinate. Most tomatoes are a winter crop because the nights are a little cooler. Lettuce is Summer Bibb. Swiss chard. Umm, root crops are odd things in the grocery store, Taro, Cushcush, and several others.
I believe there are a couple of varieties of bananas that can live through your winter, but I don't know much about them, maybe you can go ask at Banana.com
We have the same problems with veggies that Melissa has with regard to the bugs, etc. I have found my veggies do far better in the winter than the summer.
Quite a few different types of Asian veggie seeds are on the shelves here - I haven't tried them myself, but I do have a packet of "asparagus beans" waiting to be planted. Next time I am in the store I can check what they have, if you are interested.
If the Asparagus beans are the same as yard long beans, they are fun. They have very pretty pale purple flowers, self pollinate, and the beans are OK to eat very young, like at a foot long. The baby beans, at 3 inches long, like just like little sticks.
Yes, that's a baby bean behind the flower, upper right.
Hi everyone. I'm in zone 11a (Florida Keys) which is a real challenge to grow within; no dirt! (We're an old coral reef that rose out of the ocean)
I have tried the following veggies with varying degrees of success, all outdoors and containerized:
Tomatoes-okay in winter, only a few on vines.
Cucumber(burpless, heat-resistant strain)-great year-round, till mid-summertime. Harvested very small; delicious.
Sugar Snap peas-great flavor and growth rate
Peppers (cubanelles)-winter only
Potatoes-winter only. Harvested in "new" stage, very tasty.
Garlic (heat-resistant strain)--nope. Got healthy greens, no bulbs.
Lettuce (heat-resistant strain)- great growing, but small.
Green Beans (organic Blue Lake bush)-great growth/production rate till midsummer.
Problems here are **whiteflies** =O !!, fusarium wilt/drop in summer, root rot in summer, everything associated with extreme heat and high humidity--in summer. Veggie gardening is hellish then.
Interesting note: a "true conch" (born/raised in Keys) told me she drills holes and fills them w/potting soil in her yard. I might try it, too many pots in my yard.