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How to Grow Strawberries in the Tropics

Most people love to eat fresh strawberries, but in most tropical countries they are expensive to buy (because they are usually airfreighted from cooler...

Variety Abounds at the Rockhampton Spring 2021 Orchid Show

Australia’s southernmost tropical city, Rockhampton in Central Queensland, has just concluded its Spring 2021 Orchid Show. This annual event is not a large show...

Bundaberg Distillery and Brewery Tours to Enjoy

If you are travelling up Australia’s east coast for a holiday in Queensland’s tropical north, there’s lots of great places to see on the...

How to Make Summer Rolls with Cabbage Leaves

Summer rolls are a healthier version of the deep-fried spring rolls that are favourite street snacks or appetisers in Asian restaurants all around the...

Growing Hoyas as Garden Plants in the Tropics

Hoyas are grown throughout the world for their beautiful flowers and exotic scents. In temperate climates they are usually grown as indoor or hothouse...

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Golden Cane Palms – Love ‘Em or Hate ‘Em!

The Golden Cane palm (Dypsis lutescens) is a popular landscaping plant throughout the tropics. Its yellowy-gold petioles and infloresences and the more brownish-golden colour...

The Pros and Cons of Living in Tropical Countries

For most of us born and raised in a tropical country, we really couldn’t think of living anywhere else. The thought of living in...

Growing Hoyas as Garden Plants in the Tropics

Hoyas are grown throughout the world for their beautiful flowers and exotic scents. In temperate climates they are usually grown as indoor or hothouse...

Pitfalls of Building a House in the Philippines

A Story of an Expat's Experience and Lessons Learned Building your own house can be rewarding for some and stressful for others, but it’s always...

Using Plants to Stabilize Slopes in the Tropics

In the small garden, the stabilization of steep slopes is usually achieved through the building of retaining walls. These can be built using a...

Mulching: The Way to Achieve a Lush Tropical Garden

If you’ve ever wondered why some tropical gardens look lush and healthy, while others don’t, there is one gardening practice that is almost always...

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Where to Find the Best Tropical Interior Decorating Ideas on the Web

When we think about redecorating a room in a tropical home, or starting from scratch in a new house, we are often overwhelmed by...

The Beauty and Fragrance of Tropical Plumerias (aka Frangipanis)

Plumerias are small tropical trees that are widely grown throughout the tropical world. In some countries the plumeria is known as frangipani and it...

Best Home Driveways for Tropical Climates

In tropical climates there are particular factors that must be taken into account when deciding on the type of driveway to build compared to...

Brighten up Tropical Homes and Gardens with Heliconias

Heliconias are a genus of tropical plants that are much sought after by florists and home decorators because they produce spectacular flower bracts that...

Best Ways to Make Compost in the Tropics

Turn leaves and organic scraps into Nature’s soil conditioner and improve plant performance in the garden Our modern consumer orientated society annually discards billions of...

A Delicious Asian Recipe for Rusty Jobfish

The Rusty Jobfish (Aphareus rutilans), which is also known in some countries as the Ironjaw Snapper, is a common reef fish that grows up...
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