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?
May is the last month of autumn for us but already it's getting a bit chilly at night. If you can call 20 degrees C chilly! Days are still hot and we're still having a little rain, but the dry season is around the corner. We're still eating aubergines (eggplant), chillies, grapefruit, mung beans, pumpkins and water spinach (kangkong) from the garden along with a few cherry … [Read more...] about What To Plant in The Tropics in May
15 Ways to Fertilise Your Plants, Without Buying Chemicals None of us wants to spend a fortune on our gardens and many of us are gardening because we want our food to be cheaper. But, our plants do need fertiliser, always, be that in the form of nutrient-rich soil or added liquid or solid feeds, healthy plants need an extra boost of minerals and organic matter along with … [Read more...] about Make Your Own Fertiliser
Gardening in the tropics is different. It's not as easy as many gardeners in cooler climates might think. We in the tropics have to deal with phenomenal amounts of rain that can wash away soil and nutrients, change soil pH and leave food plants sitting in a swamp. We have to learn new techniques to cope with a tropical climate, sometimes we have to build our soil from … [Read more...] about First Steps in Tropical Food Gardening