Just a couple of reality check-in facts:
The original post was written at 11:25 a.m. Pacific time on a Saturday morning in June, a time at which our Eastern, Central, and Mountain (to say nothing of Atlantic, Alaska, and Hawaiian) Time Zone friends may be out running errands or working their fingers off in their own gardens, either to nurture the plants or to save them outright from the ravages of Mother Nature in this bizarre season.
In my case, I was working at my MIL's house (Palo Alto, Sunset Zone 15), in approx. 90-degree heat (I get heat migraines) to plant veggies in the 4'x4' veggie box DH and I established there in 2008 so that MIL, not a well woman, could have fresh veggies, and so could her care-giver. We cleaned out the box a couple of weeks ago and just today got in tomato plants, bush beans, two kinds of squash, one eggplant, and seven fava beans. The favas were seeds; everything else was a plant start. Our own plants? Ha! Still in the 4-inch containers from the nursery....
I got that heat migraine, and my 13-year-old Bernese Mtn. Dog female forgot where the water bowl was. I found her standing on the bricks IN THE SUN--there was plenty of shade, and that's where she usually is, smart girl--but she was standing IN THE SUN looking very confused. She's travelled with us to "Gramma" (and, until 2007, Grampa) since she was a 16-week-old puppy girl, so she knows the house very well. I was very alarmed for her; it looked to me like heat exhaustion.
I'll spare you the details except to say that we left MIL's house at 4:00 and got home, after running one en-route
errand, at 6:00. Dogs were offered water twice on the way home, and once got a chance to get out of the car and stretch their legs and lie down on well-kept grass. The car has air conditioning, and we ran it like you wouldn't believe. Once we got home, temps were in the mid-60s, and I worked on Vesta until 8:15, when I encouraged her into the house and kept monitoring her pulse and respiration.
34 at first monitoring; now 20.
150 at first monitoring; now 72.
--CRT (Capillary Refill Time):
> 3 seconds at first monitoring, now < 1 second.
--I don't have a dog-safe thermometer
, but clearly I need to acquire one.
I also had to take care of my post-surgical male dog (bloat surgery, 0400 last Saturday morning), who also suffered somewhat from the heat. Then I had to see to myself.
So that's one person's reason for not having had the time to answer your query quickly. My specific
reasons for not being able to answer it now
are that I don't know which climate zone you live in: Sunset 3A or 10? They're right next to each other around Prescott and Prescott Valley; maybe you can look at the on-line map
and make a decision?
The description for Zone 3A mentions melons, gourds, and corn, and deciduous fruits.Depending on how hot it is right now, tomatoes may in fact not do well; they go into estivation (summer stasis) at 95 degrees and above. If you have access to a good amount of water (rainwater cisterns, maybe?), it may be possible to grow melons, which love water. Beans may be a more economical use of water, esp. if you can find plant starts.
Zone 10's description mentions several plants, none of which seem edible to me, but maybe that's because I don't live there: Mexican blue palm, blue palo verde, century plant, oleander (no; that's definitely NOT edible), and fishhook barrel cactus.
These snippets are taken from the on-line description of the Sunset climate zones involved and from the 2012 edition of the Sunset Western Garden Book
. The descriptions in my previous copy, the 2001 edition, are slightly longer and they have photos with captions. The combination gives a better idea of which plants may succeed in each zone (and is why I don't jump on the newest and "best" edition of the Sunset Western Garden Book
; I buy every other edition, hoping that excesses in one edition will be curtailed in the next).
So...please select your Sunset climate zone and we can have some discourse!
Sunset Zone 17, USDA Zone 9