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Mar 5, 2017 8:28 PM CST
Hi, I'm Fezah. Thank you very much for letting me join the group. Really appreciate it!

FYI, I'm from Malaysia. (Malaysia is located in the equatorial region, and has a tropical rainforest climate. Located near the equator, Malaysia's climate is categorised as equatorial, being hot and humid throughout the year. The average rainfall is 250 centimeters (98 in) a year and the average temperature is 27 °C (80.6 °F) - from WIKI).

I know this is going to sound ridiculous but I really love peas, carrots, and radishes that I want to try to plant them. Since I have no garden, I'm thinking to plant them in pots/containers.. Can you share some ideas/tips to help me? Your ideas/inputs will be much appreciated.
Have a nice day!

Thank you.
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Mar 5, 2017 8:47 PM CST
Hi Fezah, Welcome!

I can understand your desire to grow temperate veggies in a tropical environment. I found a website called Gardenate that might help. Its about growing vegetables in Australia.

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Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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Mar 6, 2017 4:57 PM CST
Do you have central air?
Maybe you could grow these cold season plants inside.

These plants are strictly winter season plants for me... But... I've visited nurseries that had a fan going... And... I felt cold...

Really doubt it's gonna be worth more than bragging rights.

Couldn't you grow some ginger and cassava?
Some sweet potatoes and corn, tomatoes and okra?

Growing cold climate crops in the tropics just seems too difficult for a beginner gardener.
Name: greene
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Mar 6, 2017 5:11 PM CST
I understand the problem. I have a friend who lives in Thailand (she's about 1400 Kilometers north of your location) and she tries many different methods to grow various food crops in a limited space. She rigged up a vertical garden to make the best use of space...
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But many of the planting experiments failed to produce food. The plants grow but fail to thrive as the climate was too hot.

I found a list of plants that can be grown in a 'hot' climate, but probably not quite as hot as where you are, and of your three only radishes appear on the list.

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Name: tarev
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Mar 6, 2017 5:42 PM CST
Hello fezah, I do understand your climate predicament there. I grew up in the Philippines, and most of our vegetables are grown in the colder mountain regions, not at the lowlands. Usually rice and other crops are in the lowlands.

But for what it's worth, try to see this container gardening video from the Philippines. I do not know how much effort you wish to try and space you can use, but it is interesting to see and hopefully something can work out for you.

Mar 8, 2017 1:59 AM CST
Hi Everybody,
Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!
I really appreciate all the replies/comments.

Hi Daisyl, thank you so much for the link. Thumbs up Really appreciate it!

Hi Stone, I'm not sure about central air but I do have fans and air-conditioners in my office. I will give a try to plant some radish and carrots in my office, near the sunny window sill next week. (Hope for the best, prepare for the worst. Smiling ). Yes, I do plant some tropical vegetables like okra, eggplants, turmeric, peppers, asian greens and tomato. Thank you so much for your reply. Btw, I visited your blog (gardens-in-the-sand) it's SO awesome! Love all the beautiful pictures!! Lovey dubby

Hi Greene, thank you so much for your understanding! and thank you for the input. I really appreciate it! Thumbs up

Hi Tarev, thank you so much for the reply and the link to YouTube too. Really appreciate it! Thumbs up

Thanks so much and have a great day!


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