We made it through the winter without starving - my Haiku Maui garden still thrives

Real Estate Agent with Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers HRE# 58089 - RS

kabocha squash - Japanese pumpkinMy Haiku Maui Garden

We made it through the winter and ate something from the garden every day.  This was our first time to really set this goal and do it right.  I'm not counting things like bananas and avocados either, but produce from the veggie garden by the house.

Thanks to a bumper crop of Kabocha squash (Japanese Pumpkin) that sprawled over the neighboring vacant land, we have had plenty of fresh organic veggies to eat and give away.

Just this week we have eaten all these veggies from our large garden:

  • kabocha
  • beets + beet greens
  • salad greens
  • herbs
  • pea pods
  • purple beans
  • cherry tomatoes
  • chard
  • onions
  • green onions
  • green peppers
  • eggplant

Now that spring is here, and the days are longer, the plants are already growing faster.  There's new flowers on the old pepper plants, and on the old squash vines.  Some plants here will grow for years and still produce, like eggplant and Hawaii chili peppers.

peas growing on Maui

Growing a garden can be very rewarding.  Not only do you get to eat the fruits of your labors, but you get outside in the sunshine.  There's a certain amount of exercise involved too.  I like to get my hands dirty and smell that earthy aroma.  I'll eat the peas right off the vine for a snack.

The secret is to always be starting new seeds.  If there is a constant supply of new plants going into the ground, there will be a constant supply of edibles coming out of the ground.  Start extra seeds... you can always give away the starts. 

We are lucky to have a growing season that goes on all year.  The summer time is definitely a better time for growing, as the days are longer and the weather is better.  This past winter was pretty hard on the garden, but the rugged plants persevered and we were thankful.  Some days it rained so hard that the garden was underwater.  Some days it was so windy that plants were flattened out.  Just keep on planting, and it will grow.


That's all for now, I need to get outside and see what's for dinner.

aloha from Haiku Maui - Georgina M. Hunter R(S) e-Pro -  EMAIL  




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Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI

I can see you running around out there Georgina!  I just have a little flower/plant garden in my little fenced in yard but darn if I wasn't out there last weekend transplanting and stuff :)

Mar 26, 2009 04:09 AM #1
Carolyn Heilman
Century 21 Premier Realty - New Franklin, MO

You are fortunate to have a year round growing season.   Here in Missouri we are only able to grow vegetables in the spring/summer months and sometimes depending on the weather late fall.   Would be nice to be able to grow food all year round.  

Mar 26, 2009 06:40 AM #2
Michael and Cheron Lange
Solutions Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
Associate Broker, GRI

What a beautiful garden.  My husband and I just got back from visiting the big island, they have had alot of rain, it was extremely beautful!

Cheron Lange

Mar 26, 2009 08:36 AM #3
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Georgina, I would LOVE to be able to grow fresh fruits and vegtables all year.  They are a lot of work but worth it!

Mar 26, 2009 01:33 PM #4
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Sally - who told you that I run around in the garden?  It's so big I have to run from one end to the other before it gets dark, lol.  It's good to be growing things.

Carolyn - it's nice to spread it out over the whole year, and not have to "put up" stuff for winter.

Cheron - the Big Island is very beautiful with all that black lava.  Glad you liked it!

Carole - it's very rewarding to do, and yes worth it.

Mar 26, 2009 01:39 PM #5
Joetta Fort
The DiGiorgio Group - Arvada, CO
Independent Broker, Homes Denver to Boulder

Ohhh so jealous!  This morning, I wrote on Facebook, "Right now I'm watching the 500 tulips I planted last fall slowly get buried in a cold blanket of death."  Yes, I live in Colorado and hate snow.  It's a burden I'll bear for the lovely, sunshiney days we get, but produce from the garden year-round would sure be a wonderful thing!  (We had blizzard conditions - about 14" of snow and more coming on Monday.  So much for roof inspections!)

Mar 26, 2009 05:24 PM #6
Kimo Stowell
HI Pro Realty LLC RB-21531 - Honolulu, HI
REALTOR Associate® RS-76763 - Honolulu Hawai'i

Aloha Georgina,

The Kabocha Squash looks delicious and I love,love,love pea tendrils. What to you use to keep the slugs and snails from eating the merchandise?


Mar 27, 2009 02:34 PM #7
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

Georgina - there is nothing that compares with garden fresh veggies - reminds me of the garden I had in Germany - yummmm!!!!

Mar 29, 2009 01:44 AM #8
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Joetta - I don't do blizzards

Kimo - I think the wind takes care of a lot of the pests.  I don't find many snails and slugs, and when I do I kill the suckers

BJ - you're right - I hope you'll get your garden going soon.

Apr 02, 2009 12:52 PM #9
Carol Drummet
Keys Notary - Big Pine Key, FL

Thank you Georgiana for sharing a photo of the Kabocha Squash! 


We've been wondering what we had coming up in our garden.  I've never seen one before so we are now anxious for them to ripen & taste.


Mele Kalikimaka

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