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Tropical Gardening is our passion. We love growing fruit and vegetables in the tropics. This page is a resource for the novice backyard gardener living in the hottest part of the planet.
The biggest difference about gardening in the tropics is the seasons. As opposed to the four seasons common in Europe and the US, here in the tropics there are just two seasons. That is the ‘wet season’ and the ‘dry season’.
Gardening in the Tropics
The basics of gardening are the same wherever you live. You need soil, water, fertiliser and time to care for your garden (e.g. weeding etc). However, people from other climates move to the tropics and battle against the conditions. They want to grow all the food they are familiar with. However, it is better to grow fruit and vegetables that thrive naturally in the tropics. There are a variety of tropical fruits and vegetables to choose from.
There are also many fruit trees that originate outside the tropics, but nevertheless thrive here. Most notable of these are a number of citrus. Consequently, you will come to love the many fruits that thrive in our warm and humid conditions.
Tropical Gardening with Vegetables
It is also easy to grow tropical vegetables, including sweet potato and cucumber. Tropical gardening allows for Asian Greens like pak choi and tatsoi. You can easily grow pumpkin at home. However, many vegetables can only be grown in the tropical winter. This is due to the intense nature of summer in the tropics.
Tropical Gardening with Herbs
We have also looked at herbs that can make it through a hot steamy tropical summer. We have listed some of the wonderful tropical herbs you can easily grow in your garden.
It is well worth having a container to grow herbs such as thai chillis, coriander, basil, stevia, garlic chives and Vietnamese mint.
Grow Indoor Plants
We love indoor plants. They are great for air-quality and offer other health benefits as well. As a result, we have a passion to persuade you and others to grow indoor plants as well.
Sustainability and Saving Money
In this age of Climate Change it is more important than ever to live sustainably. This is a great reason to grow your own food.
The distance which true food travels before it is consumed, is described as food miles. The greater the amount of food miles, the greater the amount of fossil fuel consumption. To minimise climate change we know we have to minimise this fossil fuel consumption. Growing as much food as possible at home (close to you) is an obvious way to minimise food miles and assist in the fight against climate change.
Another benefit of gardening is that you can save money. These goals often go hand in hand. For example composting at home is great for the environment and saves you money on fertiliser. Consequently, this page is aimed to help you towards these goals. So join us and get gardening in the tropics!
Tropical gardening can include vegetables that are not always well known to European gardeners. However, if you live in the tropics you need to grow food that thrives. As a result, tropical vegetables fit the bill.
Tropical Gardening Herbs
Many herbs struggle to make it through a hot steamy tropical summer. Below we have listed some of the wonderful herbs that will not just survive, but thrive in the tropics.
Indoor Ficus Plants
We love to grow our ficus inside, so good indoor ficus plant care is a must for us.
Grow Your Own Food
Grow your own food at home. A food garden can be a precious resource when times are tough. Research what food grows easily in your area.
Urban composting tips to help you compost at home. It is more important than ever to be sustainable.
Grow Indoor Plants
Grow indoor plants as an alternative to an air-purifier. They are a more natural, attractive alternative and are good for your health.
Save on Water
Save on water to sustain your household budget and the planet. There are a number of simple tips that will help you to reduce your water bill.
Collecting and storing seeds for tropical gardening of fruits and vegetables it is something we do regularly.