Eight Acres - the blog — sub-tropical

Growing snake beans

Apr 17 2017 0 Comments Tags: garden, sub-tropical, vegetables

One of the really fun things about our sub-tropical climate is the weird veges that we can grow.  I've written about a few them before (rosella, warrigal greens and sweet potato), and other posts about chokos and trombonchino.  Here's one more that I like to grow: the snake bean.

Vigna unguiculata subsp. sesquipedalisalso known as yardlong bean,long-podded cowpea, asparagus bean, pea bean, or...

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My top five veges for beginner gardeners in the sub-tropics

Sep 12 2016 0 Comments Tags: garden, sub-tropical, vegetables

I wrote this post when I had only been gardening for about 3 years, but these are still my favourite vegetables to grow.  They are easy to grow and produce a good crop.  This is a list of my top 5 favourites for beginners in a sub-tropical climate.

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Winter vegetable gardening in the sub-tropics

Apr 18 2016 0 Comments Tags: garden, sub-tropical, vegetables

Northern Hemisphere gardeners are currently preparing for spring planting, so you'd think I'd be packing up the garden for winter, but in the sub-tropics there's plenty that we can grow, even with a few frosty days.

eight acres: growing vegetables in a sub-tropical winter
This is my garden in autumn, it is a jungle and I can't even begin to explain
what is going on here, it had a mind of its own!

Summer here can be hit and miss, depending if we get rain....

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Growing pepino

Mar 16 2016 0 Comments Tags: garden, perennial, permaculture, sub-tropical

Pepino (Solanum muricatum) is a perennial food plant, related to tomatoes (I can't decide if they are fruits or vegetables).  I first read about pepinos in Eric Toensmeier books on perennial food gardening. A friend sent  some cuttings to me so I could try it.  I was a bit worried that I would manage to kill it after she had gone to so much effort to post it to me, but pepinos seem to have an amazing will to live and both cuttings grew quickly into healthy bushes.

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