YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) - It's time to turn up the heat with summer crops, but it all starts with the transplants before getting put into the ground.
In this week's Home Grown, the nursery at Keithly-Williams Seed is growing lots of watermelon and peppers, mostly bell peppers but also jalapenos and habaneros.
The company ships a lot of peppers to Washington where it's too cold to grow peppers this early in the season.
Elliot Cooley, Yuma nursery manager with Keithly-Williams Seed says it's a slow process that relies on Yuma's heat.
"The hotter the pepper, the hotter the environment that it's required to grow in and the slower it grows. It's actually more difficult the hotter the pepper is," Cooley explained. "With hotter peppers the seeds don't want to germinate as well and then they grow really, really slow."
Growing watermelon is also a tedious process because they require lots of heat in the beginning, but not too much heat or they will grow too tall.
Keithly-Williams grows watermelons for lots of local farmers in the desert southwest but they also ship to the west coast, Texas and Colorado.