Who here grows their own fruit and veggies?
In planning our move to the VI, a big thing on our list is the ability to grow our own fruits and veggies (which should help keep the cost down on food).
Who here grows their own, and what success and failures have you had with certain plants?
I think there are a few people who actually have some success with gardens, but it's not like living in a rural area somewhere, where there is rich deep soil. We live on rocks, for the most part. Someone on here a while back listed a dozen, or so, edibles they grow, but that is not the norm. A lot of people do container gardening or raised planters, I think.
St. Croix has a lot more agriculture than St. Thomas or St. John. You'll just need to know which plants, since it's too hot for some. My favorite food stand (plug for Art Farm!) actually closes down for the summer. Too hot and too much sun for the plants.
It will be enjoyable, but don't really plan on it subsidizing the food budget.
My husband laughs at my "most expensive tomatoes EVER!" I gave up and went back to buying them. Much cheaper, and on St. Croix, in the spring, they are fabulous!!
We are leaning toward St. Croix, and plan on buying a property of at least an acre. I'm sure different parts of the island have different soil and wet/dry, which could be beneficial to better growing? Sun could be an issue with scorching, but you can avoid that by putting up shade screens.
I was thinking tropical fruits, some berries, open leaf lettuce, beans, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, and other tropical veggies I can discover!
I live on St. John and do pretty well growing veggies all year round. It has been trial and error, and I have found some things grow well all the time and others not so much.
Tomatoes seem to do pretty well all the time (although Earl managed to knock all mine to the ground, but they grew back). Lettuce does well, just give it shade. Never had luck with zucchini or cucumbers, but that could be me. Bush beans do awesome. Radishes do well. My carrots are kind of scrawny. I tried sweet corn and it was growing very well until Earl snapped all the stalks, so that one I will try again.
I made a good sized plot and put bird netting over it to keep the Thrushies and Iguanas out...that worked out well.
I don't use any pesticides and do compost. Juanita is right about the soil. Many places barely have any. I am very lucky that I have deep dark soil that I can dig down at least three feet. I also have a ton of worms too, which is unusual here.
Raised beds work well, and a lot of people here that have poor soil really like the Earth Boxes. You can Google them and they seem to work very well.
Nothing better than fresh veggies in January. I couldn't make that happen in New England!
We grow peppers in pots with Miracle grow. They are AWESOME......... We are trying to expand our garden but, room for the pots is an issue.