The home garden in the tropics replaces the Agrodok – The vegetable garden in the tropics which treated the garden as a series of plots for the production of vegetable crops. The authors – Ed Verheij and Henk Waiijenberg – emphasize the importance of creating a garden that can provide farm households with vegetables and other products even where the gardener faces water shortages. Hedges, trees and shrubs that can give a garden a permanent character are discussed in detail. Gardens must be planned and set up in a way that falls within the capacity of the farm family to maintain and manage them over time. In this context the selection of plants whether perennial or annual is important but also the ability of farmers to produce their own plant material either from seed or through vegetative propagation.
Sample Pages: Home garden Tropics