This post is about my experience and things I've learned growing tomatoes in the tropics. Yes, of course you can grow tomatoes in the tropics, but it's a little different to growing cherry, heirloom, grape, beefsteak and slicer tomatoes in more temperate climates. I grew up growing tomatoes in a temperate environment, where winters didn't support tomato growing. In the tropics … [Read more...] about Growing Tomatoes in The Tropics
The wet season of 2021 was our first wet season at home, in the tropics for 9 years. As such, it was hugely interesting to see exactly which food plants would survive the low light, intense heat, humidity, and torrential rain of the tropical summer. Not just survive, I wanted to see which vegetables, herbs, and fruits would feed my family through January, February, and March, … [Read more...] about What Food Can I Grow in The Wet Season?
What's growing, fruiting, flowering, germinating, and cropping in our tropical food garden in December? December is the first month of summer where we are. It's also the start of the tropical wet season This means it's going to be super-interesting to see what effect torrential rain, less sun, and waterlogging or even soil errosion will have on what's growing and producing … [Read more...] about December in The Garden
When I first started our tropical garden I wasn't sure if you could grow pumpkins in the tropics or not. Being from the northern, temperate, hemisphere, I associated pumpkins with the autumn harvest, Thanksgiving, winter storage, and spring plantings. I decided to just plant some seeds and see what happened. Most certainly, yes, you can grow pumpkins in the tropics and this … [Read more...] about Can You Grow Pumpkins in the Tropics?
What's going on in the tropical food garden in October? October for us, here in the Southern Hemisphere, just 16 degrees south of the equator, is still spring officially, but it feels like full summer to me. .October is a month of abundance in the garden, temperatures have climbed so much that we start to need the air-con and nights are no longer chilly. Plants explode with … [Read more...] about October Harvesting and Planting