GROW O'ahu

Island Style Gardening and Plant-Based Living

Food Stuffs All Over the Yard

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I’m a neglectful blogger and perhaps an even more neglectful gardener. This is my biggest selling point for planting permaculture style plants: no fuss required. I go out every few weeks and harvest food. That’s my gardening method. Because I’ve planted (or allowed to grow on their own) things like papaya, chard, chaya, banana, citrus, mamaki, kale, popolo berry, mint, oregano, mountain apple, asparagus and a few other things that can withstand some munching from bugs and still make food. Even more “annual” style plants like tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplant and beans, when mixed in with this bunch of other wildness needs very little care. Plant a seed or plant. Wait. Harvest food. That’s it.

I just wanted to share some photos of the food in the yard this morning. Not everything is “food” yet; the mountain apple tree has been eaten pretty badly, but there’s new growth, so it will bloom again. And our orange tree has tiny little green fruits for the first time. It’s like welcoming new friends 😀

Our first bananas! Originally from a keiki I got from a friend in our permaculture course

Our first bananas! Originally from a keiki I got from a friend in our permaculture course

Some of our many papayas!

Some of our many papayas!

Chaya on overload. Gonna have to eat some soon!

Chaya on overload. Gonna have to eat some soon!

One of our basils- got used in Thai curry last week

One of our basils- got used in Thai curry last week

The biggest daikon ever. :-)

The biggest daikon ever. 🙂

Baby strawberries! I have let these get a bit overgrown with "weeds" and now they are happy because slugs aren't eating them anymore

Baby strawberries! I have let these get a bit overgrown with “weeds” and now they are happy because slugs aren’t eating them anymore

From one tiny huli, this kalo is big now

From one tiny huli, this kalo is big now

Hiding among the "weeds"

Hiding among the “weeds”

Mamaki tea anyone?

Mamaki tea anyone?

Nasturtiums that keep blooming

Nasturtiums that keep blooming

TONS of mint

TONS of mint

Aloe for all the kids injuries

Aloe for all the kids injuries

New growth on the mountain apple tree after a season of getting eaten by something

New growth on the mountain apple tree after a season of getting eaten by something

New friends! Our citrus tree is finally fruiting

New friends! Our citrus tree is finally fruiting

Papaya! Eating this daily now, frozen in smoothies

Papaya! Eating this daily now, frozen in smoothies

Chard still producing after 2 years

Chard still producing after 2 years

Lemongrass needs cut back again...time for tea!

Lemongrass needs cut back again…time for tea!

Rosemary!

Rosemary!

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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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