Tropical countries typically have the wet and dry seasons. From where I live, the wet season starts from late May and carries on until November (sometimes it even goes on well over December). This season will be quite harsh for the vegetable grower since only those that have thicker stalks will remain at the end of the season. Also, there are plenty of flowers and vegetables that grow well during this season, but only when they are properly prepared and when they are placed against a wall to shield them from high winds.
A helpful tip (probably, because what works for me may not work for others) is to plant upright vegetables on containers and recycled tin cans so you can easily relocate them when a typhoon hits. Last February, I grew some tomatoes on the ground but were immediately damaged because I placed them in an open space. Moreover, they had bacterial spots on the leaf that looked like the one you see when you click the link at the bottom of the article. The reason for this probably was because I was too excited to sow tomato seeds in February that I didn’t bake the soil much. As a result, bad microorganisms that remained on the soil took over my food!
I just have to have those perfect tomatoes and that is why I am trying again. If anything, gardening has taught me how to be patient–and to grow stuff on containers so I can easily move them anywhere I please. Also, some species of plants are actually better off contained and separated from the rest. A good example of these is the pepper, which is actually very toxic to other plants. Another advantage of veggies planted on tin cans is that you can move them around to catch rare sunlight during the wet season.
Where I live, when there is a typhoon, the house becomes so cold, damp and misty inside. Flowers love this kind of weather but only if their roots are not soaked with water. It is the same with vegetables, I think. Here are the types of seeds that I plan to sow today on two separate 20x15x4 inches containers: aurugula and lettuce–that according to the packet, grow well when the temperature is cool. I have successfully grown each of them in February, although they had thin leaves and stalks, which was probably because I used a soil-less medium instead of, uhm, well… , soil. I don’t think there was any problem with having too much sunlight. On the contrary, my aurugulas must have loved sunlight since they came out well before the suggested period on the packet.
Another thing that I have learned from my February experience was to plant only one or two seeds (even if they’re very small) on one hole and to stop saving space and follow the recommended spacing in between the seeds. This will allow the seeds to grow properly. Aside from aurugula and lettuce, I am planning to say goodbye to my diseased tomatoes and try again. This time, I am buying “sterile” soil to grow my tomatoes in. Oh, and maybe I will plant three more peppers, too. I just love red vegetables! I will grow them on tin cans that I have collected since my baby was born. Six months worth of cans! Woot!
Bacterial spots right here.