I need help with my grow list.
Last year's garden was almost a complete failure. It may have pulled through if I hadn't given up on it but it was hot and very, very dry. I got frustrated that almost nothing was producing so I just gave up on it and quit watering. I've accepted the fact that I'm probably never going to have an amazingly productive garden here. I have three options: move, give up, adapt. Moving would probably be the smartest choice, but I'm just going to adapt instead.
I said all of that to say this: I need ideas for varieties that are drought-tolerant. Heat tolerance would be a nice bonus. And of course I'd like them to taste better than something I could buy at the grocery store. We had 119 days over 90 degrees this year and we've currently received a little more than 16 inches of rain. I'm not expecting either of those numbers to change. I will be able to water, but I'm not really sure how often.
Tomatoes: I am planning on Heidi and Principe Borghese and possibly JD's Special C-Tex. I tried Gary'O Sena last year and the plant was beautiful but all it did all year was drop blossoms. I'd like to add an early tomato and a couple of larger tomatoes. I'll probably grow Sungold as well.
Peppers: Last year I grew Yummy, Mucho Nacho, habanero, and a poblano. The Mucho Nachos did okay, but I don't think the varieties here were the problem. I think I'm just gonna have to water them more often. Any other ideas would be great.
Beans: I'm going to grow Rattlesnake, but that's all I've got so far. I think I just need to watch the dtm on bush beans.
Other vegetables: Any other ideas for varieties that fit my requirements are welcome. I don't think I need to worry about okra or southern peas but everything else is unknown.