My Haiku Maui Garden
We made it through the winter and ate something from the garden every day. This was our first time to really set this goal and do it right. I'm not counting things like bananas and avocados either, but produce from the veggie garden by the house.
Thanks to a bumper crop of Kabocha squash (Japanese Pumpkin) that sprawled over the neighboring vacant land, we have had plenty of fresh organic veggies to eat and give away.
Just this week we have eaten all these veggies from our large garden:
- beets + beet greens
- salad greens
- pea pods
- purple beans
- cherry tomatoes
- green onions
- green peppers
Now that spring is here, and the days are longer, the plants are already growing faster. There's new flowers on the old pepper plants, and on the old squash vines. Some plants here will grow for years and still produce, like eggplant and Hawaii chili peppers.
Growing a garden can be very rewarding. Not only do you get to eat the fruits of your labors, but you get outside in the sunshine. There's a certain amount of exercise involved too. I like to get my hands dirty and smell that earthy aroma. I'll eat the peas right off the vine for a snack.
The secret is to always be starting new seeds. If there is a constant supply of new plants going into the ground, there will be a constant supply of edibles coming out of the ground. Start extra seeds... you can always give away the starts.
We are lucky to have a growing season that goes on all year. The summer time is definitely a better time for growing, as the days are longer and the weather is better. This past winter was pretty hard on the garden, but the rugged plants persevered and we were thankful. Some days it rained so hard that the garden was underwater. Some days it was so windy that plants were flattened out. Just keep on planting, and it will grow.
That's all for now, I need to get outside and see what's for dinner.