Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
Growing vegetables & herbs in San Pedro #500696
02/04/15 02:37 PM
02/04/15 02:37 PM
Joined: Jan 2015
Posts: 62
D
dschick Offline OP
.
dschick  Offline OP
D
Is it possible to grow vegetables & herbs in San Pedro? If so, are raised beds necessary?


Dawn Schick
Re: Growing vegetables & herbs in San Pedro [Re: dschick] #500701
02/04/15 04:57 PM
02/04/15 04:57 PM
Joined: Apr 2009
Posts: 515
Florida, Belize, Noerth Caroli...
CaptOneIron Offline
.
CaptOneIron  Offline
You will have to import or make the dirt.


Captain One Iron
Re: Growing vegetables & herbs in San Pedro [Re: dschick] #500706
02/05/15 02:14 AM
02/05/15 02:14 AM
Joined: Dec 2006
Posts: 12,710
San Pedro Belize
elbert Offline
.
elbert  Offline
dschick, It's truly an up hill battle.
I've tried and watched others over the years It's a very difficult environment for it..
We don't have dirt, it's a barrier island of calcium carbonate, there is a salt mist in the air that gets in everything. The ground water is high in salt and calcium so only salt tolerant plants survive.
You can bring in soil or compost it and import fresh water or collect rain water but you need a screened in area or the crabs and lizards will eat it as it grows. Too many obstacles to be practical.
On the upside delicious fresh fruit and vegetables are brought to the island by boat, grown in the rich soil of the mainland where 100 inches of rain falls a year that makes growing easy. It's so cheap you would never be able to compete with that market economically.


White Sands Dive Shops Daily Blog
http://scubalessonsbelize.blogspot.com/
Re: Growing vegetables & herbs in San Pedro [Re: dschick] #500708
02/05/15 02:50 AM
02/05/15 02:50 AM
Joined: Nov 2000
Posts: 5,521
Birdland - 1 mile north
ScubaLdy Offline
.
ScubaLdy  Offline
I'm trying and with some success. I put planter boxes all along my two decks and filled them with black dirt. I use rain water. The first three herbs I planted did very well; basil, parsley and turnip greens. I have been using all of these and giving away extra. Two weeks ago I planted cilantro, chives, rosemary, acorn squash, jalapeños and long red peppers. The cilantro germinated in 3 days and the other in 5 to 6 days.

In a section I call the farm (cleared open area) The cantaloupe seeds sprouted well. The iguanas got 8 hills and I have 4 left. They are flowering nicely and have set a couple of fruits. The watermelon sprouted in the planters but was transplanted to the farm and did not survive. I was told that mint is a deterrent for iguanas and did find a few scraggly plants. These few have spread nicely.

I purchased a great horned owl solar powered life sized statue, the eyes are scary as $#!+, and the thing makes a clicking sound as the head rotates. This I had mounted on a stump in the middle of the farm field. I want my caretaker to make a few clacking whirligigs to add to this area to keep the birds out.

These nightly rains and sunny days are doing wonders. One of my friends (who knows everything - really) insists that the days are not long enough to ripen foods. This does not make sense to me as it grows under the same sun on the mainland
My attitude: What have I got to loose? $1 US on each packet of seeds and the joy of watching it sprout is enough to delight this simple soul.

NOTE: Potential ex-pats - it really doesn't matter what you do when you come here - just do something to amuse yourself and keep living not sitting on a bar stool dying.



Harriette
Take only pictures leave only bubbles
Re: Growing vegetables & herbs in San Pedro [Re: dschick] #500709
02/05/15 03:54 AM
02/05/15 03:54 AM
Joined: Oct 2001
Posts: 6,124
San Pedro AC Belize
Diane Campbell Offline
.
Diane Campbell  Offline
Also note that composting is not so easy without earthworms.

Re: Growing vegetables & herbs in San Pedro [Re: Diane Campbell] #500728
02/05/15 08:22 AM
02/05/15 08:22 AM
Joined: Sep 2010
Posts: 333
San Pedro
Wizardofaahs Offline
.
Wizardofaahs  Offline
Composting does NOT require earthworms. You need a bin, keep the rain out, turn it regularly, keep adding scraps (no meat) and, viola' compost. There should be a composting facility on the island for all of the green waste. They could bag it and sell it back to us. I would love to be able to buy compost here on the island.


Words have power. Speak it into existence.
Re: Growing vegetables & herbs in San Pedro [Re: Diane Campbell] #500729
02/05/15 08:26 AM
02/05/15 08:26 AM
Joined: Sep 2010
Posts: 333
San Pedro
Wizardofaahs Offline
.
Wizardofaahs  Offline
Additionally, raised beds are the answer. The Squarefoot Gardening method would be the way to go. Easy to manage. We just need to get vermiculite and peatmoss here and combined with compost (absolutely NO black dirt or soil) you are good to go. A bit of protection from the critters will ensure you have large fresh salads daily. One 4' x 4' box will feed one adult daily for life.


Words have power. Speak it into existence.
Re: Growing vegetables & herbs in San Pedro [Re: dschick] #500730
02/05/15 09:15 AM
02/05/15 09:15 AM
Joined: Nov 2000
Posts: 5,521
Birdland - 1 mile north
ScubaLdy Offline
.
ScubaLdy  Offline
Wizard - why no black dirt?
I've contended that someone with a proper machine should be able to make a living here - get paid to clear land, put through a grinder and sell as mulch.


Harriette
Take only pictures leave only bubbles

Links
Portofino Resort- Now with a new BEACH BAR!!
Click for excellent scuba lessons with Elbert Greer!
Chaa Creek is an award-winning luxury Belize Resort, rated as one of the worlds best Eco Lodges. We are a pioneer in adventure travel to Belize since 1981!

Things to do

News
Daily News
Daily Weather

Classified Ads
BelizeNews.com
San Pedro Sun
Ambergris Today
SP Town Council
Channel 7
Channel 5
Amandala
ReefTV
Love FM
The Reporter
PLUS TV
TV Newscasts
Radio Stations

Click for our
Search thousands of Belizean-only websites

Event Guides
Event Calendar
Specials & Events
Things to Do
SanPedroScoop
iTravel Belize
Paradise Theater
San Pedro Fun Finder
Paradise Guy Event Calendar
Cayo Event Calendar

Blogs
San Pedro Scoop!
Tia Chocolate
Tacogirl
My Beautiful Belize
I-Travel Belize
Belize Adventure
Belize Hub
Romantic Travel
Belize Happy Adventures
Conch Creative
As The Coconuts Drop
More Blogs...
Search thousands of Belizean-only websites
White Sands Dive Shop - 5 Star PADI Dive Facility - Daily diving, SCUBA instruction and Snorkeling
Caribbean Inspired All Natural Condiments & Spice Blends, Over 100 are Gluten Free!
We manage a variety of homes, apartments, condos and commercial properties here on Ambergris Caye. Our minimum lease on ALL properties is six months.
Click for Ian Anderson's Caves Branch, Welcome to a World of Adventure
Lil Alphonse has snorkel equipment to fit anyone as well as Marine Park Tickets and flotation devices to assist those not as experienced.
Coastal Xpress offers a daily scheduled ferry run to most resorts, restaurants and private piers on the island of Anbergris Caye. We also offer  private and charter water taxi service.
November
S M T W T F S
1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 29 30
Cayo Espanto
Click for Cayo Espanto, and have your own private island
More Links
Click for exciting and adventurous tours of Belize with Katie Valk!
ShoutChat Box
Who's Online Now
1 registered members (Marty), 330 guests, and 0 spiders.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Statistics
Forums44
Topics70,058
Posts477,724
Members19,542
Most Online2,982
Jan 29th, 2019



AmbergrisCaye.com CayeCaulker.org HELP! Visitor Center Goods & Services San Pedro Town
BelizeSearch.com Message Board Lodging Diving Fishing Things to Do History
BelizeNews.com Maps Phonebook Belize Business Directory
BelizeCards.com Picture of the Day

The opinions and views expressed on this board are the subjective opinions of Ambergris Caye Message Board members
and not of the Ambergris Caye Message Board its affiliates, or its employees.

Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.7.1