Well for SE TX Peas may not do so well....they need cooler temps to do well...I tried peas when I lived in NE TX and couldn't get the plants to grow much higher than about 2' and only produced enough snow peas for one dinner side dish and a handful of sweet peas....radishes might be a good option, fash producers and great space fillers in between plants....most radishes are best when young so above ground ones will be ready to pick from seed planting to harvest in about 3 wks....but be careful you're ground is not too full of clay as a lot of ground in tx can be...corn you deffinitely need an area of 4x4 minimum to do well and are not really the best to grow at home unless you have a lot of space to devote to them....in tx a lot of growers produce sweet corn and so price per pound you would be better off giving that space to something you really want to grow....melons are good for tx growing but I would stay away from watermelons, seeds can be expensive and they only produce at best for a home grower 3-4 melons per plant and can grow up to 20'x20' in diameter for one plant....try zuchini or summer squash...I posted a recipe for oven fried zuchini in the recipe forum....summer crookneck can be substituted in that recipe as well. if you have sandy soil, try carrots, carrot and radish tops are great healthy greens as well and so a good all around veggie, same for kohlerabi, which is a fast growing and best harvested when young veggie....those tops are edible as well and can be substituted for kollards as well and if you reallly like greens you could try the hardier varieties like chard or kale which might stand up to tx heat better. green beans were one that my ex fiance's mother grew all the time and always did well in the tx heat....plants get about 2'x2' and are great fast producers....kentucky bush is best ive seen and heard and can also be packed in a little tight. if u like peppers, ive seen jalapenos do great in tx as well can be harvested when young or fully mature at any stage. also the kholerabi can be packed in tight as they are best when picked young anyway, mine are planted 5-6" apart as I plan on picking them when the bulbs (above ground bulbs) are about 2-3" in size, and radishes can be planted 1" apart. did I miss anything? lol anyone else chime in please!Hitched_Gibson wrote:Well I don't know the technical area/zone, but it's southeast Texas. For now I've got an 8x8 area and a shovel. The area can be easily(logistically, not physically) expanded. I've got corn, cucumbers and tomatoes but would like to expand to peas, melons or whatever. I'm not picky. Just looking for other mid range priced items or projects that others consider basic that I might be overlooking.