Gardening year round in the desert can be wonderful. If we are creative we have a multitude of greens from October through June.
That is without season extenders. My aquaponics system can help me grow greens much longer. If I had a greenhouse with a cooler, I could grow greens all year round.
But what do I plant in my garden to take the place of fresh greens during the summer?
Drum rolls please…
Malabar spinach is an Asian green that grows well in our hot summer. It is beautiful and filled with Vitamin A, C and calcium.
When cooked; some say that it is slimy, but it can be used like okra to thicken soups and stir fries. I do not care for “slimy”, but it can also be eaten fresh to brighten up salads or my occasional sandwich.
Be careful though, it can take over.