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What’s in our Maui Gardens

In Hawaii there’s perfect weather year round and the seasons are subtle but we do have changes in our climate. There’s rain and drought. Hawaiians planted uala (sweet potatoes) and dry land taro root in Kula (dry land).


Protea and lavender tolerate dry land well making them sustainable.
Native plants survived without human intervention for thousands of years. The worst thing we can do is over water them.


My orchids thrive in Maui Uplands where the climate is semi-wet semi-dry. We’re right in the middle where the land changes from green, to dry in Pukalani. It’s perfect because I have lush vegetation and it’s not too wet. We do water periodically but most of my plants I deep water once a week. I feed my orchids every few months.


My cattalayas…


My Bibb lettuce crop was harvested in June, now I’m preparing the beds to replant lettuce, string beans, peas, beets, carrots, egg plant (two types), peppers, spinach, onions, basil, cilantro, oregano, tomatoes and more… It’s so amazing to grow cabbage, bok choy and other Chinese greens Up-Country on Maui. They love the cool nights and rich volcanic soil. I always compost and plant organically. I love to use companion planting to deter pests and have had such good luck creating my own micro climates within the garden. I mix my herbs, flowers and vegetables together in a cottage garden style. Hollyhocks might border a veggie garden, sunflowers and zinnias, cosmos, echinacea and gingers mingle together. Onions and basil always get planted between my veggies. I haven’t seen a tomato worm since 1978. I don’t use poisons. I would never want to harm animals or human beings by putting something that might cause cancer or disease. It’s not hard to plant organically. It just takes a passion for planting and the joy of gardening…

What’s in your garden?

More to come…
Happy gardening

~ Marilyn

Marilyn Jansen Lopes
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