So I have spent my down time researching and reading blogs on peoples attempts to bring their gardens with them to the tropics.
I have developed a list to work off. There are great choices and good subsitutes for some things we cant get. Celery and french beans grow in the Phils in the mountains. Garlic, Onions and Potatoes are common place so I will add them later
A-Z List Of The Tropical Garden
· Amaranth (use leaf amaranth like spinach)
· Ampalaya – bitter melon
· Arugula (rocket)
· Asian Greens – Mustard greens, bok choy, Ceylon spinach
· Beans – Chinese long beans, lima beans, mung beans
· Cassava (starchy tubers)
· Chard (silverbeet, similar to spinach)
· Eggplant (aubergine)
· Kang Kong (water spinach)
· Luffa (angled luffa is a great zucchini substitute)
· Peppers: Bell, Serrano, Jalapeno, Thai birds eye
· Sweet Corn
· Sweet Potatoes
· Water Melon
Oz, I am betting that the Trombocino squash I have would grow gangbusters there. They grow huge, like 3 feet + long, eat small and green or let them fully mature and get a hard skin on them. The picture here http://edible-garden.blogspot.com/2012/11/harvest-monday.html was taken in Nov of 2012 Last week I fed the last two squash to the chickens. The got lost between the couch and the wall. Skin still firmly intact. Insides getting pretty stringy and a couple of seeds trying to sprout, so probably not people edible, but the birds loved them.
My Edible Garden http://edible-garden.blogspot.com/ Current bird count; about 40 + or - a few chickens, 7 ducks; Easter Eggers, Olive eggers, Buff Orpingtons, Ameraucana, Black Copper Marans, Buff Plymouth Rocks, Muscovy and Welsh Harlequin ducks.