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Annual vegetables come and go with the seasons but perennial vegetables are planted once, root deeply and continue to produce food for you all year long. It is important to have both the diversity of annual and perennial crops in your edible garden, to ensure resilience and expand your caloric, nutrient and protein intake.
Annual crops take more effort, as they need to be grown from seed, planted, fertilized and harvested within the season they are encoded to grow within your climate. In the tropics, we can grow so much, all year long, however the European veggies we know so well from the supermarket shelves should really be grown from seed as soon as the big wet finishes - so they can be in the ground, growing and producing over winter. As spring approaches, the temperature heats up quickly and everything bolts to seed.
List 1 below is a list of fruits and vegetables that can be seeded now or on September first to be exact – in spring – to grow for your summer culinary tastes. I haven’t listed them in alphabetical order, but rather in useful guilds to plant in beds together. The vines become very handy for growing on trellises that can shade your outdoor living areas or provide shelter from the harsh summer sun over your vegetable patch. List 2 are some crops that you may be able to grow now, depending.
List 3, further down the page, you will find a list of plants that you can grow all year long in the tropics, just to give you an idea of what else can be included in your autumn planting frenzy to enjoy the harvest over winter too.
List 4, at the very bottom (saving the best for last in my opinion), is a list of what we call the incrEDIBLE tropical superfoods. Everyone in the tropics should have them taking up space in a garden. Not only are they highly nutritious and easy to grow, they produce consistently so you will always have something to eat - from your garden to your plate!
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