Organic Motion's Blog ;Design.Grow.Create; Join us for an exploration of Permaculture living in the tropics!
In the tropics, we deal with the 'dry and wet', with less defined seasons, however winter generally means the most diverse variety of crops can be grown. Crops like carrots, kale and snowpea produce well, amongst other standard European crops. I even have Chamomile growing extremely well at present. It is the humid weather and torrential rain during summer that has many people begging the question "will any veggies grow in summer?"
Yes is the short answer. The long answer can be found on our website page called 'Wet Season Plants for Summer'.
North Queensland has one of the easiest climates to grow food throughout year long. It simply comes down to trying new foods, expanding your tastes and having an culinary adventure in your kitchen. This photograph is the backyard of our rental property in Kuranda, midst summer. All of this food is growing within 20 meters from our patio and we literally carry a basket to harvest the goodness prior to dinner. Needless to say, we eat a lot of stir-fry and Asian style soups. In permaculture, this is known as a Zone 1 garden, relevant to energy use.
This year, cyclone Ita blew winds strong enough to knock down many Bananas, Papaya, Arrowroot and since then, the Ginger and Tumeric has died back as it does during winter. So this landscape has changed, looking less dense and with more defined pathways. With more light reaching the soil, we have filled the spaces with cooler climate annuals such as Tomatoes, Dill, Lettuce, Cucumbers and Nasturtium.
It is always evolving...click here for a full list of recommended plants and to read more...
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Design.Grow.Create. That's the hOMe HIVE, our occasional mail out. We love nature and feel a deep connection to this amazing space and place called earth. There is so much abundance within reach and if you plant a guild, you will receive a yield! Our love of good quality food means we spend much of our time in the garden or kitchen...and as Hippocrates said, "let food be thy medicine and medicine thy food"! We welcome you to join us on an edible journey of tropical possibilities...
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