Subtropical, Tropical and Equatorial Gardening

Discussion in 'Gardening' started by cwrite, Jan 1, 2016.

  1. cwrite

    cwrite Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi All,
    I thought that I'd start a thread on gardening in hot and humid zones as so much seems to be geared towards temperate climates. I live North of Brisbane and am on a huge learning curve after moving from a temperate climate 6 years ago. I'm a bit late this year due to exams and it is so hot now so it will be interesting to see what I can grow before winter when it is easier to grow things. This year I also aim to grow more locally suitable fruit and vegetables that may be new and exotic to me. Time to get used to some new tastes. I'm expecting black sapote (chocolate pudding fruit) seeds next week and although it takes 5-7 years to bear fruit (after germinating) I'm excited to get these started.

    My very late start on clearing out my small vegetable patch.

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    After clearing out the wilderness I found a self-seeded tomato plant with its first flower, some surviving chocolate mint, a few nasturtiums that I gave to the chickens as its too hot for them now and the sweet potatoes I planted a few months ago.
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    I've sown chives, lettuce leaf mix, radishes, beetroot and a few bush beans.

    I also have a self-seeded basil plant that I'm going to move in here and a nashi tree that I planted a few years ago that has yet to bear any fruit. I have several plants in pots; strawberries, blueberries, pineapples, a grape vine, a mulberry tree, a dragon fruit tree, ginger and a parsley.

    I'm converting all my pots to wicking barrels as everything struggles to get enough water. I've done two so far with great success.

    I hope others come to share their experiences, plant varieties, success stories and the odd disaster that we all have and can all learn from.
     
  2. Ameraucanas

    Ameraucanas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is awesome!
     
  3. cwrite

    cwrite Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks Ameraucanas. [​IMG]

    I have received several packages of seed this week and got around to sowing quite a few this morning. The most exciting one has to be the black sapote also known as chocolate puddding tree. [​IMG] Apparently the seeds germinate really easily so I'm hoping for a few plants to pot up. There is a 5-7 year wait for fruit, but some things are worth waiting for. It's late to sow vegie seeds so it will be interesting to see if I get much out of the zuccini, rock melon, cucumber and several varieties of tomatoes. Another one I'm holding thumbs for are the radiccio seeds - I've tried to grow it before & did not manage to get a single one to germinate.
    I also found out I need a permit to grow bananas in my backyard in Queensland & my application is in for two varieties. I'm going to grow them in wicking barrels when I finally get my hands on a plant.

    Anyone else trying their luck in hot & humid climates?
     

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