question for the "Aggies"
I was wondering what veggies flourish on the islands? Fruits etc? Thanks in advance!
I have had very good luck with corn, tomatoes, okra, eggplant, squash, pumpkin, cucumber, and some herbs. Basil and rosemary do well. Hope this helps.
Tammy thanks so much! All some of my favorites! Do these yield year round due to pretty constant weather patterns? Or seasonal?
Any problems with "critters" trying to heist your loot?LOL!! 🙂
Can you give me any pointers about the cukes and herbs? Soon I plan to start a modest garden. It will have to be containers. "Must-haves" for me: rosemary (easy), thyme (had some trouble with seedlings last time I tried), sage (not the local variety), and cilantro. Especially the cilantro. Have you grown that here?
I've had trouble with the basil and that bothers me. Everyone says it's easy to grow. Mine gets spindly and yellow very quickly. Perhaps I need to pinch it back more often but I'm not sure what the yellowing is from. Too much sun? Not enough water? Too much water?
I've moved since my last flora foray. I think the new place will be better-- some shade, not as scorching hot on the patio that will be used for the garden.
Interesting. We find rosemary doesn't work, and attributed it to the heat, as it is a cool-weather-liking plant. Basil though....I just plant it and water it along with everything else, or not. We had so much basil this past year we were using it as our green in salads, instead of lettuce. It was pretty tasty, too. If you're going to try tomatoes, get a net to keep the birds away. Crabs ate my cucumbers (The plants themselves) planted in the ground, so we use pots. You can get seedlings for pennies out at Agriculture on stx.
Dill's the one I have trouble with. I got it going one year, went on vacation & the houseplant water person who came buy drowned it.
Gardening has been a learning curve here for me. I just keep experimenting. I forgot to add in my last post that peppers and chili's do well. I grow lemon basil and water every day. It grows like crazy. I have no problems with birds eating my tomatoes but in the beginning I had a problem with something taking the whole tomato plant when they were young. Caterpillars and snails seem to be my greatest enemy. They love my green beans and corn. I try to companion plant to naturally keep pest away but it is difficult here. When I have a large infestation of caterpillars I use 7 dust on the green beans but will sacrifice other plants such as my passion fruit. They eat the leaves almost over night. Same with parsley but then in a few days I feel as though I live in a butterfly garden. I have also had a problem with tomatoes producing. I will have a beautiful healthy plant with no tomatoes. I believe that it becomes too hot for some varieties. I am now experimenting with different areas in the yard and different soils. Mostly I use pro mix but onions will not grow well in it as they don't like manure. In any case, it is a learning curve but that is part of the fun. If I find anyone that has a healthy garden here. I always stop and ask for advice. Good luck.