Warm Season Edibles

Warm season (tender) crops are those that thrive in heat and are damaged by frost, cold nights and cold soil.  They need warm soil to germinate (at least 50°F) and long warm days to mature and produce.  Many will do better if planted outside after May.  Vegetables that need a long time to mature should be started as seeds indoors during late winter/early spring or purchased later as transplants.

Tomatoes are the favorite vegetable for both first time and seasoned gardeners. They are easy to grow, very productive, tasty and versatile in the kitchen.  Want the flavor of heirloom tomatoes and the robust disease resistance of hybrids?  Try grafted tomatoes for the best of both worlds!

WSU Tomato Fact Sheet

Other popular warm season vegetables to try:


Beans Eggplant Peppers
Corn Melons Pumpkins
Cucumbers Squash Potatoes

Warm Season Veggies


 Potatoes are fun to grow and easy,  too!  Plant a few tubers for early potatoes 6-8 weeks before the last frost date.  The majority of your crop should be planted when soil temperatures range from 55 to 70 F.   Seed Potatoes