Is it possible to have a vegetable garden out there year round with the climate out there?
On the west end of STX there are farm stands like the one at "Jackson Farm" on Centerline which sell all types of vegetables and fruits. The UVI campus has a farm store with veges and fresh tilapia, they are open Tuesday thru Friday from 9 till 4. Anally farm has some fruits and veges at times and if you check out the farm at "Creque Dam Farm" they have organics, all grown up there. Here is a link for that farm but you need to check the dates they are open....... Directions are available at http://www.visfi.org.
I recently had the great pleasure of purchasing veggies from Mrs. Jackson at the Jackson Farms stand. They won Ag Farmer of the year and I had vowed to buy from them on my next trip. I bought cukes, squash, tomatoes, pumpkin. Made a delic squash/pumkin soup...yummy!
Definitely worth the trip!
I don't want to assume that the most popular fruits and vegetables are the ones which grow best in the VI. With that said, does anyone know which do well?
In an ideal world, I'd love to grow my own Lettuce, Tomatoes, Bell Peppers, Jalapeno or Pimento Peppers, Squash, and Basil for veggies. For fruits, I'd love to grow Watermelons, Cantaloupes, and any kind of berries.)
I, too, am interested in the vegetable garden "growability"! Here, in the Pacific Northwest, we have a very short growing season and I am trying something new this year. I bought a book called "The Mittleider Gardening Course" from http://www.foodforeveryone.org/ which claims to "show you the techniques for vegetable gardening success no matter how you garden or where you live." The organization just returned home from Africa where they were teaching people to garden. It might be worth a look-see!
This is so exciting to me as I have said before, one of my dreams is to have some sheep and/or goats and a bigger garden once on STX. I appreciate the book tip and I will be hooking up with Tammy to help me get going with the gardening once on island!
We have dogs, so I don't think the iguanas will be a problem. Once on island, I am hoping to convert my indoor cats to outdoors so that will help with the birds.
A newbie here on STT with our garden experience so far....we planted tomatoes, arugula, sweet peppers, hot peppers and celery so far....the arugula is going MAD!!! Just delicious! LOVE it! Tomatoes are on the vine with a ways to go (but they look great), sweet peppers and hot peppers doing well...just planted the celery so we will see. Also have an herb garden with island oregano, rosemary, chives, cilantro, and basil. All doing fine (cilantro has already gone to flower, basil too...even with no rain things grow like CRAZY around here!! My hubby did alot of amendments to the soil here back in late 2007 to get it prepped...it paid off (at least I think so; he thinks he needs to do more next time...he is just spoiled because we had such awesome soil back in NC).
BTW, Danieljude is a great resource on all things plants, IMO...
Keep you posted!
Well our cats aren't declawed, and they did start out as indoor/outdoor until we got a puppy that harassed the hell out of them! Now, they meet inside on the cats' terms...LOL. I just fantasize about having all the windows and doors open for the trade winds when we are home (who knows maybe we'll have indoor chickens, too...LOL!).
The garden sounds fabulous pilatesgal!