What are the easiest herbs to grow?

Herbs in general are nice and easy to grow, which makes them the perfect plants to start growing your own food. Most herbs need full sunlight and well draining soils. In the hottest part of the year, cover herbs during the day with some shadecloth and keep the soils moist. The easiest herbs to get … Continue reading “What are the easiest herbs to grow?”

Vegetables to plant this month – May tropical gardens in Florida

While a lot of vegetables we like to grow won’t be ready for planting until August, there are still a few delicious vegetables that can be planted right now. I’m talking about okra, snow peas, southern peas, sweet potatoes and swiss chard. If you’d like some tips on how to grow these things, just email … Continue reading “Vegetables to plant this month – May tropical gardens in Florida”

Vegetables to plant this month – May tropical gardens in Australia (Darwin, Katherine, Mt Isa, Cairns, Broome, northern Australia)

Great news. In May, you can plant almost every vegetable that will grow in the tropics. And there are so many choices. Asian melon, beans, beetroot, biter melon, bok choy/pak choi, broccoli, kai lan, brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, cherry tomatoes, chilli, Chinese cabbage, kai choy, choy sum, cucumber, eggplant, kang kong, fancy lettuce, okra, … Continue reading “Vegetables to plant this month – May tropical gardens in Australia (Darwin, Katherine, Mt Isa, Cairns, Broome, northern Australia)”

CSI Mango: Former police forensic tech working to catalogue 600 species of mango

Did you know that there are more than 1,000 named mango species in the world? The beautiful Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Miami, Florida is home to around 600 species of mango.

Think Lucuma is just a powder? Think again! Grow your own

Guess what the number one ice cream flavour is in Peru? Lucuma! Yet many people outside Peru have never heard of it. Lucuma (botanical name pouteria lucuma) is one of an increasing number of products that are being promoted as alternatives to sugar for sweetening foods. At $60-$100 per kilogram for the powder it’s a … Continue reading “Think Lucuma is just a powder? Think again! Grow your own”