gardening

What a Vegetable Garden And What A Farm!

What a vegetable garden we have this year. Just outside the Elk Grove City limits is a perfect place to live and nurture a vegetable garden. These raised planter beds have drip irrigation and organic topsoil.

The tall plants to the left climbing the iron sculptures are green beans. We pick bunches daily. There are lots of herbs and peppers, tomatoes and two kinds of squash. There are lemon cucumbers, english cucumbers as well as spaghetti squash. The strawberries and blackberries are always fresh picked and amazing with ice cream. read more

What a Vegetable Garden And What A Farm!

OMG Our Hawaii Orchids Bloomed in Kona

Hawaii Orchids

Definitely was not expecting our Hawaii orchids to have bloomed already. I stuck an old orchid plant in our hibiscus tree at our house in Hawaii about a year ago. Forget all about it until I noticed the orchid was attaching itself to the hibiscus tree in the photo below.

A friend had assured me that to grow Hawaii orchids, all you need to do is throw them into the trees. Keep them in a shaded environment and ignore. No fertilizer. No watering. No fussing over it.

Hawaii Orchids

OK, I figured, what harm could it do? Once the orchid has finished blooming, throwing it into a tree is not much different than throwing it out. It will either live or it won’t. A bunch of spent orchids I had placed on the ground under the mango tree did not make it. But the one I stuck into the hibiscus tree attached itself, as evidenced by the photograph above of our Hawaii orchids. read more

OMG Our Hawaii Orchids Bloomed in Kona

Hawai’i Sharwil Avocados are Shockingly Addictive

sharwil avocados

Where have I been that I have not eaten a Sharwil avocado? Oh, right, in Sacramento, with my nose to the grindstone selling Sacramento real estate. OMG, the Sharwil avocado is a most delicious avocado, sweet, firm and filling. From the first taste, I was absolutely hooked.

A friend gave me a Sharwil avocado that she received from another friend in Kona who harvests a number of Sharwil avocado trees in her yard. Guess they were dropping left and right so she gathered up the avocados and dropped them off at friends’ houses. Unlike the dreaded summer zucchini harvest in Sacramento, when neighbors drop bags of zucchini on your front step, ring the door bell and run, these are a sought-after delicacy. read more

Hawai’i Sharwil Avocados are Shockingly Addictive

Kona Maka’eo Walking Path and Community Garden

maka'eo walking path

We found a sign at the Maka’eo Walking Path noting if we walked around the path 3 times, we’d surpass 2 miles of steps for the day. Oh, man, what did we do before we counted our steps and distances? Didn’t we just walk, by putting one foot in front of the other without any goal to reach a certain number of steps before the end of the day? How did we ever make it through the day back in those dark ages without this knowledge?

Apple knows. In fact, there is a way to turn off the STAND or BREATHE function on my Apple Watch but I’m too lazy to look for it. So, instead little irritations build. Further, I am irritated that it started with 5,000 steps and then lord knows who proclaimed, no, we must do 10,000 steps a day. Screw those people. And Apple, too. Don’t let your watch tell you what to do. Resist. read more

Kona Maka’eo Walking Path and Community Garden

Have You Seen an Oleandar Hawk Moth Caterpillar?

oleander hawk moth caterpillar

This is an oleander hawk moth caterpillar, and isn’t it sinister looking? Those eyes look wicked, like an alien, a possessed alien, because I know so many aliens on a personal level. Not to mention, check out that little stub of a devil tail at the other end. You may be amazed to know the eyes are not really eyes. They are false eyes, or eyespots.

I found this oleander hawk moth caterpillar crawling across my front porch in Kona because it caught my eye after I opened the door. When I tried to guide it to a better spot, it immediately curled up. But it looks like it would want to eat me alive if it were ten times my size. Doesn’t it? Like it’s ticked off it is not bigger or it would show me exactly how mean it could be. read more

Have You Seen an Oleandar Hawk Moth Caterpillar?

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