GARDENING

Roasted Tomatillo-Chipotle Salsa

May 30, 2011

Happy Memorial Day! Today is the day many people use as the excuse to declare the opening of official grilling season. What better complement to your grilled veggies or meats than a tasty, easy to make, salsa? This recipe was given to me by my daughter, Inga. I’m not sure where she got it, but […]

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Gardening As Art

May 8, 2011

One of my intentions since the beginning of this blog almost three years ago has been to show readers what some of our local residents have managed to create on their acreage, and what they are doing to make it livable as well as beautiful. If you want to see some of these past posts, […]

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IT’S SPRING!!

March 20, 2011

HAPPY FIRST DAY OF SPRING! Even if the ground is frozen where you live, you know that Spring is right around the corner. Have you been going through your seed catalogs? Have you started getting itchy fingers, wanting to dig in the dirt? Are you monitoring the slightest change in temperature? If so, you have […]

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White Rain Lily

December 31, 2010

I planted several of these tiny bulbs (Zephyranthes candida) on April 14, 2009. The first year, about 3 little strands that looked like grass came up, then nothing at all. I thought they had completely died. Today I happened to look down along the redwood path by my house and there it was. I purchased […]

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Lessons from Lava

November 26, 2010

The official theme of this blog is ” homesteading, food, travel, and philosophy from the side of a volcano in rural Hawai`i.” So far, I’ve done mostly the first three, but very little of the fourth – philosophy. I could elaborate philosophically on many topics, and over the next few months, bear with me as […]

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Shades of Green

November 15, 2010

Living on an acre of lava that offers many shades of black and gray, I might quote the Muppets and say, “It’s not easy being green.” I forget what it means to be green. Friends from the mainland came to visit and were amazed at my catchment system, and for the first time, I had […]

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Caught!

October 9, 2010

It looks like the drought or the pheasants aren’t the only culprits responsible for losing plants! I looked out my kitchen window one morning this week and saw three healthy Mouflon sheep munching away. They are such a nuisance that the National Park has a lottery for hunters to help get rid of them, especially […]

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Watch Out For Garden Gnomes!

October 2, 2010

When I was sent a copy of How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack: Defend Yourself When the Lawn Warriors Strike (And They Will) by Chuck Sambuchino to review, I had no idea what to expect. This witty and humorous little book can be read in just a few minutes, or you can take your […]

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All Is Not Lost!

September 25, 2010

Mahalo to those of you who have sent condolences about my drought-ridden garden! I have a tendency to get discouraged, and wonder if we will ever get rain. It looks like I’ll need to order my fifth load of water for the catchment tank this next week, unless we get a heavy rain in the […]

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Living on the Earth

September 18, 2010

This is an article I posted over two years ago on an old blog before I became “lavalily.com,” but there are some great books discussed here. I thought some of my new gardening friends might spot a book they want to read. Since I wrote this article, my beloved Kaimana has been put to rest, […]

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Last of Summer Gardening

September 11, 2010

Nothing spells the approach of autumn better than a bright orange pumpkin patch. How my daughter manages to get such beautiful pumpkins is beyond me! Many of you have been keeping up with my daughter Inga’s gardening in Boise, Idaho. Here is an update on what’s growing in her yard, including the pumpkin above. Her […]

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Kitty Memories

August 31, 2010

Spooky Boo and Mr. Bill This past Spring, I laid my beautiful Kaimana to rest under a large ohia tree. I have not felt like having another cat since that time, but the grieving is not as strong now. Mr. Bill After my daughter, Inga, sent these photos of her two cats, I started remembering […]

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Gardening From A to Z

August 28, 2010

Two of my favorite landscapers (Bob and Monty) invited a group of us “tree huggers” to come tour their garden. Since the land on their property is much like that of Ocean View, I gathered lots of how-to ideas on what to grow and what not to grow. Their elevation is about the same as […]

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