This is my 4' x 6' raised bed with sweet potatoes. My mom jokes that the vines will reach inside the house any day now. I suspect the whole harvest will come at once later this fall. Good thing sweet potatoes store well! Looks like we'll have a lot of them.
One of my lovely okra plants. They really are beautiful when they're thriving and in bloom.
Teeny tiny pomegranates have started growing on my pomegranate bush. According to my internet sources, I should expect it to take 6 months for this baby to reach full size. Although I've also heard that when a pomegranate plant is young (under 5 years old), the fruits will fall off before reaching maturity. (La! La! La! I can't hear you internet sources who tell me such things!)
Based on a tip from the Arizona Victory Garden, I dug in for the corn this year (instead of creating a raised bed). It's doing well so far! This is one of the sunniest spots in the garden. Previously, I had an itty bitty raised bed here (2.5 'x 2.5'). I think the combination of lots of sun and little soil to insulate it just cooked pretty much all the plants that I put in this spot before. A sunken bed seems to do a better job of protecting the plants from the heat now.
Those are this summer's beauties. Others didn't do so well. I tried tomatoes (a heart breaker) and only got a few before they got totally cooked by 100+ weather. But I'm not ready to give up on them yet. They're just too yummy. I've got schemes for how to do better next year. Surprisingly, the zucchini never took off this year either. Basil did well enough for a while to get me a few good batches of pesto to store in the freezer, but the plants didn't survive the Arizona summer long. My green pepper plants never did much either. Still, I'm so much happier with this summer's vegis than last summers. And I can hardly wait for fall! Arizona is a wonderful place to garden during the fall!