Friday, April 9, 2010

Gearing up for a Garden!

You may recall our experiment with gardening in Kabul - a rather successful experiment I might add, thanks in large part to the help of friends.  Well, as we gear up for our next move, from Cape Town to Dili, Timor Leste via Bangkok and Jakarta respectively, we have done a little research on how to grow vegetables in a tropical environment.  I was delighted to hear that if you choose the right variety, you can even grow tomatoes and lettuce.  Seems all is not lost to sustain our love for lettuce and other leafy ingredients such as arugula/rocket and especially tomatoes!  If you are a gardener and have some advice for us, please share it here in the form of a comment.


  1. If you're in BKK or Jakarta for a couple of days, you should be able to find seeds adapted to tropical climes. Leafy vegs may need to be picked earlier than you would in a temperate climate--before the bugs get them, and the heat toughens them. When do you expect to be in BKK?

  2. Hey there - great idea, I recall buying seeds in Bangkok last time I was there! I will actually not be flying through BKK, though Chris will be there for 3-4 days to collect our kitty who is coming to Dili with us, I'll be in Jakarta.