To answer some very valid questions that people have asked me about GMOs in Hawaii. Yes, GMO squash cross pollinates, and yes it would wipe out what I do. But to look for a solution to squash growing here in Hawaii is to look at the track record of squash varieties. The reason farmers are failing with squash is that they are planting within the family Pepo which is not hearty to any pest, nor to any disease. Pepo gets absolutely slammed with every disease here, and every pest, so that is why so much spray is normally associated with squash here in the islands. Plant the right varieties, namely family moschata, and your problems are reduced exponentially, and no sprays needed…and bomboocha sized squash are created.
Now taking Hawaii island bookings for “Lumpy, Bumpy Pumpkins- a Squash show-and-tell”
Educators, here is your chance to have your classroom filled with heirloom squash. I am booking visits to classrooms on Hawaii Island in the month of October. Please contact me about availability and potential lesson plan ideas.
Farm Fact: Reuse
Farm Fact: Reuse is the core of our farming practice. The raised beds are made from raw materials reclaimed from our community. Think creatively when planning your farm or garden. What is in your community? A brewery (for hops/yeast)? A saw mill, or woodworkers business (sawdust)? Tree trimmers (wood chips)? Big box stores (for cardboard)? Think about what normally goes in the dump and see what you can use. Scheduling a pick up time with local businesses lets them stay on task, and allows you to be a help rather than a hindrance.
Squash grower tip
Growing in a long season location? Cut off old leaves and cover your bare vines with rich compost, and you will rewarded with revived plants. Try it…everybody loves a good comeback story.
Getting Ready: Mealani’s Taste of the Hawaiian Range
Getting our marketing plan together for Mealani’s Taste of the Hawaiian Range at the Hilton Waikoloa, October 4th from 6-8pm
A snapshot of the week
Today in the Garden:
The Musquee De Provence vines are thriving