Tropical Food Garden came into existence because we needed to find information and couldn’t find it all in one place. Gardening in the tropics is very different to temperate or subtropical gardening and we were new to it. We needed to learn how to grow food in the tropics, fast. So our website was born. We needed to make notes, and learn from them.
We wanted to grow tropical food crops predominantly but also native flowers, plants, and trees to attract the pollinators sadly missing in our food garden. We also wanted to increase productivity and add some animal proteins to our diets with aquaponics and backyard chicken keeping.
All of this gardening necessitated soil building, composting, worm farming and fertilising. We had to learn how to do it all. In time, we’ll get all of this information on our website. Gardening starts with the soil, and at the beginning our garden has none.
Today we have an abundant and productive backyard permaculture-style food forest. We grow most of our vegetables and all of our fruit in a suburban backyard in the tropics. Admittedly, it’s a big backyard! On this site you can see our triumphs and successes, learn from our false-starts and failures, become gardeners with us.
I had a head start in website creation, I was already a professional blogger, our travel blog provides my family’s income while we get our tropical food garden up and producing. This website is just for fun, to record progress, share stories, quotes, and inspiration, while helping our kids retain the knowledge of past generations. It’s brand new and we’re still building it.