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Planning a 4-H Garden? Read this!

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My other blogging alter-ego: Military 4-H in the Pacific. I wrote this post after receiving LOTS of questions from 4-H leaders about what plants to start in their after-school program gardens. And I wanted to promote the Hawaii Homegrown Food Network, rockstars on the Big Island. 🙂 Aloha and Happy Wednesday Friends.

Military 4-H Pacific

Hawaii’s unique climate means unique gardening opportunities and challenges.  I’ve adapted this list of plants from the Big Island-based Hawaii Homegrown Food Network blog.  You can read the whole article here: Short-Lived and Long Lived Food Plants.

Short-Lived Food Plants (life cycle of 2-9 months)

  1. Lettuce
  2. Cabbage
  3. Tomato
  4. Cucumber
  5. Corn
  6. Squash
  7. Spinach
  8. Radish
  9. Peas/Beans

Longer-Lived Food Plants (will produce for 2-3 years before replanting needed)

  1. Kale
  2. Collards
  3. Peppers
  4. Basil
  5. Parsley
  6. Asparagus
  7. Chard

Plants Grown in the Pacific Islands/Unique Plants you might not know

  1. Taro
  2. Sweet Potato
  3. Yam
  4. Cassava
  5. Winged bean
  6. Chayote
  7. Tree Tomato
  8. Chaya
  9. Sissoo Spinach
  10. Okinawan Spinach (often available as plant starts at Pearl City Urban Garden center Second Saturday plant sales, each month)

Fruits/Trees for long term projects

  1. Pineapple (can plant from tops- about 18 months for a pineapple to form and be ready)
  2. Papaya
  3. Avocado
  4. Mango
  5. Lychee
  6. Starfruit
  7. Lilikoi (passion fruit)
  8. Fig

Happy Growing!!  You can also…

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Author: Carmen

Things I love: justice in all forms; flowers; locally grown food; cloth-diapering; breastfeeding; feminist theory; outdoor play; beaches; wine; Divine interventions; 4-H and coffee. Things I loathe: racism; homophobia; toxic crap; misogyny; litterbugs; the zombie apocalypse and pitbull-haters. My formal education is in sociology, gender studies, and public policy. I'm also a Lactation Educator; 4-H Youth Development coordinator a Certified Master Gardener and a graduate of a Permaculture Design Course. I've been blogging for several years on dozens of topics- everything from women's health to breed-specific legislation. But the thing I like to write about most is my gardening, food adventures and my kids. So there you have it. Please be kind. Thanks.


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