This question came in from an Alberta resident planning their move to Panama. Roberto
I would love to learn more about the kind of gardening possible in Panama.... for example can a person grow regular vegetables like lettuce, tomatoes, beans, peas, carrots, potatoes, cucumbers, squash, watermelon, etc. and also flowers... perennials, annuals of what zone? Do people garden regularly? We found in Mexico on the Yucatan anyway most regular folk did not.. leaving it to the rural dwellers who brought their produce to local markets. We wondered why local people did not grow more of their own food. Would we be able to garden and grow our own food there in the coastal or mountain areas??? year round?
Down on the Pacific coast (Santa Clara), I grow lemons, oranges, papaya, mangos, cashews, bananas, plantains, avocados, guavas, and yucca on my
property. (Go to the PHOTO GALLERY on the home page and see the photos of the flowers in my garden).
I have 115 different kinds of palm trees, and over 800 different tropical flowers - there are 1,500 different types of orchids alone in Panama - there is an orchid
museum in El Valle - it is too hot down here for orchids however, except in the shady areas. Go tot he library and get some books on tropical plants and
flowers - and read up on some of the unusual "bugs" we have here (read my story about killer ants)