If we keep thinking warm thoughts, surely this crappy weather will go away and we can all get out and start planting our summer gardens -- something I am looking forward to this year.

Lubbock is known for record-setting temperatures and summer days that feel like nothing short of someone pointing a hot blowdryer in your face on full blast, not to mention the lack of rain, so planning a garden for the sweltering climate is crucial to its overall success.

Here are 10 of the best veggies to plant in your garden this year according to locals, in no particular order:

1. Spinach, Lettuce, and other Greens (can't get like Popeye without'em)

2. Squash (if you think you don't like it, you should probably try again...with butter)

3. Sugar Snap Pea (throw these bad mofos on a salad any day)

4. Mint, Cilantro, and Other Herbs (it's all about the herbs, boys and girls)

5. Tomatillo (duh. Salsa is our religion)

6. Tomato (yeah, I know, the last 2 are technically a fruit, but they are going on the list. STFU)

7. Jalapeno (is it getting hot in here? or did I just forget to wash my hands...)

8. Onion (you can't go wrong with this staple of..like...everything dish ever...)

9. Pumpkin (pumpkin pie is good year-round. Fight me)

10. Radish (these are my favorite and I don't care what anyone says)

In all honesty, the most important things in a garden in West Texas are probably onions, jalapenos, and tomatoes, because let's face it, salsa is our one true love and we live for it. We would probably worship it if it wasn't frowned upon by our bible-belt society. Those items also do notoriously well here, so at the very least, plant a few of those to be ready for taco night.

Take a screenshot of this simple list for an easy reminder of what seeds to grab next time you are in a gardening store so you will be ready to enjoy all of your delicious favorites this year. There is nothing more satisfying than eating something you grew yourself or giving it as a gift to friends and family.

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