Growing Tropical African Vegetables and Fruits in the USA. Zone 9a Garden Tour (October 2021)

Growing Tropical African Vegetables and Fruits in the USA. Zone 9a Garden Tour (October 2021)

My Backyard African Vegetable Garden is about growing indigenous or ancestral African or tropical vegetables in the USA. I have been pushing the zone and growing African vegetables in my backyard in zone 9 for more than 20 years. My mission is encourage everyone to grow atleast one vegetable in their backyard.

I grow Bitterleaves, okra, Anchia, African garden eggs, African garden huckleberry (njamsu), waterleaves, sweet Bitterleaves, ugu (okong obong) etc in my garden.

I am also experimenting with tropical fruits like pawpaw (papaya), guava, and soursop

Growing your own food is something I very strongly believe in. Aside from the obvious benefits of getting to enjoy the freshest, most nutrient dense version of the produce, gardening to me is therapeutic. I don’t know how to explain it, but it just grounds me.

I microblog my gardening happiness project on the YouTube, Instagram and on YAJE’s Garden Facebook page.

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I hope you stop by. You just might be inspired to grow something!!

My garden, my happiness project!

I hope this inspires someone to grow something you can eat.

What can you grow? If you never try, you never know!!


  1. Queen's Corner TV on November 4, 2021 at 9:17 am

    You have such a lovely garden, sis!! I sent you a couple of emails regarding your seeds for sale. Kindly respond because my mommy needs those seeds. Thank you and God bless you

  2. Scott Head on November 4, 2021 at 9:20 am

    Hey neighbor, I think I saw you walk by yesterday. I didn’t interrupt because you seemed to be recording. Lovely garden, so much beauty and life! I love it.

  3. Jed Nye on November 4, 2021 at 9:29 am

    I was just wondering if the leaves shrinking on the bitter greens was like training on bonsai if you remove the larger leaves and leave the smaller ones the plant will keep it’s new leaves smaller and smaller because it knows something is taking it’s larger ones done repeatedly this is how they make bonsai trees with miniature leaves maybe if you remove a few smaller leaves when you take the larger ones the plant will not have the pressure to keep it’s leaves smaller

  4. Jeanna Maynard on November 4, 2021 at 9:35 am

    Is the Garden Egg like what we call Egg Plant? Do you know if the taste is similar? How do you cook and eat it?

  5. Greens Island on November 4, 2021 at 9:36 am

    Nice garden. I enjoy watching your channel. You inspire me to keep going at my backyard garden.

  6. Jeanna Maynard on November 4, 2021 at 9:42 am

    Maybe it is "Big Baby," possum from Scott’s video that is eating the Okra seeds.

  7. Ngwaani Karawa on November 4, 2021 at 9:45 am

    The garden is still in top form. Are you going to transplant the soursop or just let it grow in the container?

  8. zon live on November 4, 2021 at 9:45 am

    I’m learning a lot just from watching u

  9. Empress Kimberly on November 4, 2021 at 10:08 am

    Hi from NH! Beautiful garden❤️. @Scott Head sent us over.