Gardening in the Tropics

November 12, 2014

Mazatlán isn’t really the tropics, but it’s pretty tropical, I’d say. And down here now is the time for planting your vegetables. The hot and humid weather has finally broken and we know that for the next (almost) eight months the weather will be moderate and sunny.

Next Saturday will be the first Farmer’s Market of the season – from 8 – 12 at Plazuela Zaragoza. We are looking forward it, each year it is better and better. I like to eat as much organic produce as I can, and there is some fantastic stuff at the market.

Do you remember the property Paul and I moved from in the US? (Some of you may have been reading my blog since the beginning!) That’s a picture of my off season garden at the top of this post. The gardening itself was a great source of pleasure for me, and both of us enjoyed the produce.


This year I am going to make a bit of an attempt at a garden here. I have started several kinds of tomatoes, watermelon, cucumbers, peas, beans, ginger, and zucchini. All the starts are doing well and are happily growing on our upstairs patio. That’s a picture of a few of them, above. Keep your fingers crossed for me that they continue to prosper!

You know what? I totally missed mentioning that I just passed a bloggiversary! My first blog post was on October 26, 2006. That’s 8 years ago! I hope you’ve been with me from the beginning but thank you for reading no matter when you started!

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I'm Nancy, a US expat living in San Antonio Tlayacapan, Jalisco after 11 years in Mazatlán, México.

    1. Indeed! I’ve been with you from the get-go! I live in Gig Harbor, and have (finally!) just 18 months until I can retire and move. My destination is San Miguel. It is all I think of, dream of, it is what feeds me and has all these years.

      So yes, I have followed your blog with great interest (and prayers when appropriate) and love that you share what you do.

      I don’t say it often enough but thank you.

    1. Hola Nancy!

      I always thought Mazatlán was just south of the Tropic of Cancer, but couldn’t easily verify it with a web search, and Google Maps doesn’t show the lines of the tropics. Ni modo!

      I don’t recall how long I’ve been reading your blog, but I know I read back to the early days. Congratulations on 8 years of blogging! I’m a bit more than a year into it and already flagging, LOL.


      Kim G
      Boston, MA
      Where we envy your old garden and your current sunlight. Sunset here is now at 4:45PM.

    1. Congrats on the milestone. That is quite an accomplishment.

    1. Now that I have a house, I can start thinking about a vegetable garden. As always, you are inspiring me. If I can get heirloom tomatoes to grow and set here, I will consider it almost a miracle.

    1. Every time I see pictures of your farm, I gasp, it is so beautiful. Congrats on eight years of blogging, and lots of luck with your rooftop garden, I know it will be amazing.

    1. I’ve been reading your blog since NEARLY the beginning…back when you hadn’t decided where to move but were in the process of selling your Pierce County home. Continue to enjoy it!

      1. Thanks, everyone! I am really lucky to have “met” all of you through blogging, it has been a fun time and I’m not ready to quit yet! The garden is doing great, I’ll keep you posted.

    1. I’ve been following you for quite awhile and since we winter in Mazatlan it’s always nice to see what’s happening there. I garden all summer and must admit I’m tired of it by the time we leave home. I would like to find some seeds for the Mexican grey squash which is some type of zucchini. I couldn’t find any seeds last year when I was in Mexico. Any thoughts?

      1. Thanks, Kathy! I think I’d suggest you buy one and dry the seeds, I’ve had good luck with that down here.

    1. I am an avid vegetable gardner back home (Saskatchewan, Canada). Have short stays in Mazatlan. I have a large back garden with the usual overgrown Bouganvilla, etc. I need some good information on tropical plant pruning. Any book or web site suggestions? Suzanne

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