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November 12, 2011 6:50 pm  

anyone have a green thumb?

I am a pretty avid gardener and with the price of produce down there, I would like to start a garden if I can find a place that has the space.

What grows great down there with the humidity and heat? probably most things. What have people had the best luck with? How is the soil? Are seeds and supplies hard to get there? should I bring seeds? Thanks!

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November 12, 2011 7:47 pm  

Unless you have a yard, I have had great luck with Earthboxes and I can grow just about everything. Our winter is the best time to grow.

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November 12, 2011 8:32 pm  

The soil on STT is generally rocky and clay - not usually much topsoil - traditionally a plot is terraced and topsoil added and cultivated - fresh water is often at a premium and it can be a problem keeping plants watered but you must also protect the soil from washing away in a heavy downpour. Planters and small earthboxes work well - protection against insects, blights and birds is also easier. Many seeds are available by mailorder - often slips and small plants are available at the Ag Station and they work well in this climate - the upper Northside and Western areas seem to have the most productive micro-climate - you will be able to garden for sure - many plants thrive and you will find what works for your area.

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November 13, 2011 11:23 am  

The University is trying to promote more gardening, and has an excellent PBS series, "Home Grown." You can watch episodes online, but you need to Google for the link.

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