Garden

Late Start Garden Options

Maybe Spring passed you by in a whirlwind and you find yourself gazing at a garden space that’s bereft of an actual garden. Or perhaps you had an unsuccessful start due to poor weather or spotty germination. Don’t give up…

Planting for Disease Resistance

Turns out, powdery mildew is a real problem for Hawaii gardeners – not just a random issue, but a guaranteed-to-happen-every-single-year disease. I’ve been fighting back by spraying my plants with a milk spray (1 part milk, 9 parts water) and…

A Tale of Two Tomatoes

A Tale of Two Tomatoes

An unexpected science project happens in the garden when I plant two tomato plants in two different spots.

Grow: Swiss Chard

Grow: Swiss Chard

Even apartment dwellers can grow a pot of chard and the beauty of a pot of chard is that it will provide food for months.

Considering Water in the Garden

Considering Water in the Garden

For years, municipalities have been adding chlorine to water supplies to make it safe for drinking. At a recent community event I learned that our municipal water provider has switched over to something called chloramine, and other municipalities are embracing chloramine as well. The difference is this: the chlorine in water will dissipate if you leave a container of water uncovered for a few hours. Chloramine cannot be removed from water by boiling, distilling, or by standing uncovered.

Perfectly Purslane

Perfectly Purslane

I have to admit I felt a little silly transplanting a purslane plant from my neighbors yard into my own. You see, until recently, I had no idea that this “weed” was edible. Here’s how it looked: In early spring I’d…

February in the (Hawaii) Garden

February in the (Hawaii) Garden

Experimenting with wintertime gardening, I planted Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, green onions, and beets a couple of months ago. You can see the brassicas (Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower) in the upper left corner of the photo near the pile…

Compost Tumbler for Invasive Weeds – Does it Work?

While I’ve got a number of compost piles, a worm bin, and chickens to work through much of my waste, I have a problem with invasive weeds. Living in the tropics means lots of vines, and tossing those vines in…