I see Malay Kadazan harvesting lovely leafy greens that she says have been attacked by caterpillars - gosh mine are down to stalks, no leaf left...... leafy lettuces have been ok though and I have kept up with demand by continual planting every couple of weeks.
The tropic tomatoes that I planted in lovely rich compost along the fence line seemed as though they were successful. After all they didn't get the dreaded blight, but the first couple had blossom end rot! Obviously being out of the way like that they must have been watered irregularly. That has been rectified and the next lot look fine - perfect in fact :)
The roma tomatoes grown in the grow bag are not as tasty, and I think that is because the coir has no nutrients, sure I could add chemical fertilizers more often (I added some at the beginning as per advice with the grow bag instruction) but then wouldn't we just be eating chemicals in another form? The wild cherry tomatoes around the place are ok, but not as prolific as in previous years, and the snow peas gave up one flush and then succumbed to heatstroke and caterpillars.
So as the weather starts to warm up, I have been thinking ahead and planning my wet season garden. I want to try some new things - Yakon and Rosellas, and will also grow the standbys of loofah and asparagus, snake beans, sweet potato, tumeric and ginger. Gosh I even wonder if I have room for a choko vine! All those plants do so well in the hot humid weather, and the bugs don't seem so prolific, even though you would think they would be. I am looking forward to planting and wondering if maybe gardening in the wet season is not so bad after all.