To combat these issues iv decided I will grow all my veggies in large pots. I have had some luck so far, in 2009 I grew eggplants, tomatoes, cucumbers, and zucchini. All grew fairly well in large pots, the zucchini however produced 2 zukes then the damn thing died, mainly due to the heat, and a bad infestation of squash bugs, and borers. I sprayed it but still within a few days the bugs were back. I don't have good luck with squash. I plan on this year using larger containers that will hold more water. I have seen some ideas on the net for making large self-watering containers out of rubbermaid storage bins. I will probably try this, and I hope I will get more production. This year I plan on growing zucchini, tomatoes, eggplant, cucumbers, radishes, lettuce, and maybe carrots. I am also going to try to grow broccoli I have never tried growing broccoli before, so that should be fun.
Anyway I will keep you updated on my garden and its progress. I plant on starting some seeds toward the end of February so watch for updates.