How to Grow Organic Carrots in the Tropics Note: This article is also available in Spanish/Español Seeds: Very small, planted shallow Soil Type: Sandy not clay, not rich in Nitrogen, excellent drainage Ph: 6-6.5 Germination Time: 4-20 days Spacing: Rows 25cm apart. Plants 10-15cm apart Water: Daily Sun: Full Sun Harvest Time: 12-18 weeks History […]
Cucumbers seem to grow very easily here, and to tremendous size. And contrary to popular belief, we’ve found that even the largest cucumbers till taste great. Did you know that cucumbers are covered with prickly little spines before being picked? They are easily knocked off and aren’t too sharp, but they give a bit of […]
They said it couldn’t be done, but our meter-high broccoli plants are proving them wrong. We have a couple dozen growing in various spots around the farm, and at this moment, two of them are sprouting broccoli heads, which are expanding daily. How to Grow Broccoli in the Tropics We’re located in the Southern […]
These beautiful eggplants are an heirloom species from seeds bought in the U.S. and are about the size of a baseball. They grew easily in bags and have been moved into well-composted soil in full sun during the hot dry season, and are producing well.
Jalapeños grow easily here since peppers are native to Central America. If we can grow enough of them, and garlic too, then we can eventually produce our own bug repellent by combining them, rather than buying it in powder form as we do now.
These beautiful eggplants are our first ones besides the long yellow ones. They are small now, around 2 1/2 inches, but growing quickly, and we’re excited to see how big they get, and how many each bush will produce. We started them in the shade house in medium-sized bags but have moved them outside into […]
The yellow banana-like eggplants shown here grow very easily on meter-high bushes the continue to produce for many months. They have grown well in medium-quality soil with almost no care, out in the open. We have replanted the seeds with some success. Most of them will sprout but many die off. This eggplant is […]
The Sweet Potato (not yams), called CAMOTE in Spanish, are native to Costa Rica and considered to be one of the healthiest of all vegetables. They grow in poor soil with little oversight or care, with their vines spreading out on top of the soil and their tasty tubers developing underground. The leaves are […]
Tat Soi is a leafy green vegetable from Asia. I had reasoned that vegetables that grow in the humid tropics of Asia would also grow well here in the similar Costa Rica climate, and so far that has been true with a few things. The plant is something like a cross between spinach and […]
These little peppers are sweet (meaning that they’re not spicy) and are easy to grow. They don’t make much if a meal, but we think that food should be fun and beautiful, not just nutritious. So we’re planting all kinds of varieties of everything when we can find it. Like all the peppers we […]