It's very easy and cost effective to grow your own plant seedlings, also known as starts. There are just a few things you'll need:
1. Start Trays
2. Professional Start Mix
4. Plant Tags
5. Liquid Fish Emulsion
6. Liquid Kelp Meal
Start trays are the little 6 pack seedling trays you buy starts in at the hardware and garden store. They come empty 12 to a tray and ready for you to use. Be sure to get the trays with plenty of drainage holes at the bottom. Some trays don't have drainage and, unfortunately, this encourages the roots to grow outside the 6 pack cell and into the tray rather than becoming tightly bound within their own cell. Always use brand new start trays or bleach old ones to kill bacteria that might infect your seedlings.
Professional starter mix is well worth the investment. It contains a soil mix that is specially formulated to encourage strong and prolific root development. A good, organic professional start mix is Sunshine #5. It can be found at Crop Production Services in Kahului. You may be able to get by with potting soil or dirt from your garden; nonetheless, you will get much better results with a professional start mix.
Liquid fish emulsion and liquid kelp meal are excellent liquid fertilizers for starts and foliar feeding. They will encourage quick and strong growth and prevent transplant shock.
Fill each six pack with the start mix and load into the tray. Once the tray is full, gently water the start mix and drain to ensure it is evenly moistened.
Once the start mix settles, use a leaf stem or small stick to poke a tiny hole in the center of each cell. Plants like space to grow, so drop a single seed into each hole and use your fingers to pinch the soil closed over the hole. Use plant tags to label them so you remember what they are.
Keep the start tray evenly moist, but not wet, at all times. Watering with a mist style irrigation 2 - 3 times a day for 1 minute will do the trick.
If starting indoors or in a shady greenhouse, move to direct sunlight as soon as they sprout to prevent elongated stems and allow the starts to bush out.
After the starts sprout, spray with liquid kelp and liquid fish emulsion. Apply weekly thereafter.
Most starts take about 3 weeks to become mature enough to plant, though parsley, onions, and some others may take longer. They are ready to plant when the roots begin to wrap around the cell and hold the soil firmly.
When transplanting into the ground, water in with liquid kelp and fish emulsion to reduce transplant shock.
Land space is prime real estate, so using start trays is preferred over direct seeding when growing for food self-sufficiency because it reduces the time a crop occupies a row or bed. In addition, it prevents over watering mature crops on the same irrigation system that only need water once a day. Plant your starts at least 3 weeks before you plan to harvest a row or bed so that the starts are ready to go in the ground as soon as the row or bed is harvested and ready to till and amend. This will minimize periods of fallow land where precious real estate is not producing food.
That's all it takes to start your own! Try saving some seeds when your plants bolt and planting them. Seeds from plants acclimated to the soil and climate do amazingly well compared to imported seeds.
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Founded by Dawn Moncrief, a social justice advocate for more than 20 years, the organization provides funding and material assistance in the U.S. and globally to immediately empower groups helping people and farm animals in need. Their goal is to ensure that people are not undernourished from diseases of poverty, while a the same time working towards a world where people are not over-fed yet malnourished from the wrong kinds of food.
Hāli’imaile Community Garden is proud to be recognized by A Well-Fed World with a generous cash donation of earmarked to support our Goodwill Garden and other programs. Our Goodwill Garden program provides fresh, nutritious produce to food pantries, including the Maui Food Bank and Hale Kau Kau.
"Mending our unjust food system is a critical part of solving the world’s most destructive and persistent problems," according to the website of A Well-Fed World, "Fortunately, the foods that promote health and well-being are the same foods that conserve resources to better feed the world, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and protecting the environment."
Hāli’imaile Community Garden would like to thank our friends at A Well-Fed World for their generosity!
Courtney Turner joined Hāli’imaile Community Garden in May of 2007 start her own garden because there were huge trees where she lives and not much room to grow, so she was very excited to find Hāli’imaile Community Garden.
Courtney is not only a garden member, but also an important part of the volunteer garden community. She served on the Garden Council for two years, giving lots of her time to management and community building efforts. Courtney has also taken care of advertising for the garden on Craigslist and other places. She selflessly helps out with the herb garden, watering, trash, and other day-to-day tasks every time she comes to the garden.
Courtney can always be found at educational events with her video camera in hand. Among others, she filmed the entire five part class series "Introduction to Organic Gardening" lead my Mike Zelko in 2011. She is a wonderful source of beautiful pictures too! We always appreciate her knowledge and the related community events she shares with us, plus her upbeat and welcoming demeanor as she visits with others at the garden.
When she's not working in the garden or at her part-time job for a vacation rental company, Courtney says she spends time with her husband, 3 chickens, cat, blog called MauiJungalow.com, taking pictures and forever organizing them, cooking, unfinished craft projects, reading old fashioned books, Chinese face reading, and plant medicine.
Mahalo Nui Loa to Courtney for her commitment to the garden!
This month's featured garden recipe is turnips in sage butter. Turnips are a unique root vegetable with a cabbage-like flavor. They are quite delicious mashed or diced and served with salted butter. This recipe is adds a holiday flavor to turnips with the addition of a delicious herb butter made with sage. We prefer to call them disappearing turnips because they are so good they disappear off the plate!
Serves: 2 - 4 Prep Time: 15 min
4 Tbsp Butter (substitute margarine or olive oil for a vegan variation)
1/4 Cup Fresh Sage, Dried & Crumbled
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste
Peel turnips and slice in half. Then slice each half into half moon slices about 1/4" thick.
Boil turnips until tender, about 5 - 10 minutes.
While turnips are boiling, melt 3 Tbsp of the butter in a saucepan.
Add sage, salt, pepper, and garlic (optional).
Saute seasonings in butter on low heat for 5 minutes to allow flavors to mix into the butter.
Drain turnips and add to the herb butter, tossing well.
Add final Tbsp of butter and allow to melt on the hot turnips
Toss gently and serve immediately.
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A sprawling shrub this plant is popular in native landscaping. It grows best in costal dry lowland areas in full sun, but it will grow most anywhere. There are other species of this plant that have red berries and can even grow as a small tree rather than a shrub. Early Hawaiian uses included using the bark as a source of fiber for ropes and sometimes making kapa. It was used medicinally and also prepared in a way to be used to stupefy fish for easy gathering. Today you can sometimes see the berries used in lei.
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Improves The Quality Of Life For People In The Garden,
Stimulates Social Interaction,
Produces Nutritious Food,
Reduces Family Food Budgets,
Creates Opportunity For Recreation, Exercise, Therapy, Stewardship, and Education,
Preserves Green Space,
Provides Opportunities For Intergenerational And Cross-Cultural Connections,
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