Sustainable Living

Kele’s Garden Revisited

June 29, 2011

Our Big Island Self-Sufficiency group (BISS) here on the Big Island meets quarterly for a potluck and to share or exchange seeds, plants and cuttings. Other people there took lots of pictures, but you can see pictures I took at last year’s gathering here. Kele’s garden is still full of banana trees and various tropical […]

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Mozzarella Cheese Making

August 7, 2010

Sonia and Lucy This past Sunday I had one of the most fascinating experiences I’ve had in ages. This particular group of people was given an opportunity to take a class in Hilo at Kim’s home, one of the Slow Food Hawai`i members. She lives in a section of Old Hilo that has a view […]

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Kele’s Garden

June 26, 2010

  This past Saturday, our Big Island Self-Sustainability group (BISS) met to celebrate the Summer Solstice with a potluckat the home of one of the founding members, Kele, in Hilo. I love living in Ocean View, but I have to admit to more than a little envy when I see what can happen in a […]

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Earth and Ocean Fair

May 1, 2010

  Last Saturday, on April 24, I was one of many who volunteered at the Earth and Ocean Fair at the Outrigger Keauhou Beach Resort and Kahalu`u Beach, a county park that adjoins the hotel. I even took part in the raffle fun, which consisted of getting your card stamped at specific displays. This card […]

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Veggie Farmers on California Avenue

July 11, 2009

CALIFORNIA AVENUE MARKET   Two weeks ago, I wrote about the fruits at the California Avenue Farmers’ Market in Palo Alto. The fruits and veggies were intermingled with flowers and other products, which I’ll show you next week. This week it’s time for your veggies. Across the way from Joanie’s Café where we ate a […]

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Comfortable Beds for Veggies

July 3, 2008

Some plants seem to do well by moving the lava rocks, dumping in soil, and putting in a rooted cutting. For regular garden vegetables, however, this method doesn’t work. The only way to have veggies is to build raised beds. There are many advantages to raised beds, and especially when you are dealing with a […]

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. . . and not a drop to drink!

June 4, 2008

The first item to be addressed on our acre of lava was a 15,000 gallon water catchment tank full of algae. The water in the tank was full to the brim, but the color of the green on the sides of this blog! In the toilets, it was almost black. I found a young man […]

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In beginning

May 28, 2008

I admit it! I get jealous when I read my usual gardening magazines and see people digging in rich loam, trying to decide the best landscape design to showcase their home. I re-locate rocks! My years of gardening in California and Arizona are proving to be useless here in Hawai`i. One would think it is […]

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