We are welcoming new gardeners to the Napili Community Garden this month. If you see someone new say hello and please help with any questions they may have. We ask that everyone take the time to read the Rules and By-Laws, on this website, to refresh themselves with the rules.
A few things to help the new gardeners:
Organic Management of Plots ONLY this means seeds too! You can purchase organic seeds from many locations on Maui, just about anywhere seeds are sold there are organic options:
- Farmers Market Honokowai (a small nice selection of organic seeds at a great price
- Ace Hardware Lahaina (large selection a little pricey)
- Home Depot/ Lowes/ Walmart
- Mana Foods (large selection at great prices)
- Kula Ace Hardware (large selection)
- Whole Foods
Additionally, you can order seeds online. I encourage gardeners to organize themselves to save on shipping costs, please keep in mind some items cannot ship to Hawaii:
- http://www.groworganic.com – Large number of seeds from CA.
- http://www.genericseeds.com – Wide variety of seeds packets at low prices
- http://www.hanatropicals.com – Will sometimes have Hawaiian plants… located in Hana.
- http://www.forwindsgrowers.com – Stock organic dwarf lemon and lime trees will ship to Hawaii
- http://www.orchardhouseheirlooms.com – Heirloom vegetables and herb seeds $3 shipping
- http://www.pinetreegardenseeds.com – Great price and quality
- http://www.highmowingseeds.com – Over 600 organic vegetables, herbs and flowers
Some other helpful links are:
Sometimes getting started in the garden can be difficult especially with the soil we have. We recommend making some amendments to the soil to balance the PH our soil is rather acidic. You can help this with planting nitrogen rich plants (like peanuts or beans), or by adding Dolomite (natural lime) available at Hawaii Growers in Kahalui http://www.hawaiigrowerproducts.com/ . They also have other great organic management options.
If you are interested in ordering compost that will be delivered to the garden via dump truck for $35 per cubic yard please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have already given your money for this there is an order placed which will be filled this week the farmer’s loading equipment broke (so this morning’s delivery is delayed). A second order will be placed once Linda has the money in hand for at least 7 cubic -yards. Compost is very helpful in making your food grow, it balances the soil and helps to make your existing soil even better.
One of our gardeners is renting a tiller to dig up that hard red dirt clay. If you are interested in joining her on this rental please give Ute a call at 808-280-6464.
We look forward to seeing you in the garden!