Thankful for some free time to plant a winter garden in Haiku Maui HI

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Thankful for some free time to plant a winter garden in Haiku Maui HI

With the poor economy and the slow real estate market here on Maui, it has left me and other Maui Realtors with some extra time in the week when we would have been out with buyers looking at properties for sale.  I'm not complaining, but rather happy to have some free time.  

We have so many wonderful tools to assist us in helping our clients, and our industry is always embracing new technology to make our jobs easier.  DocuSign is a paperless internet signing service provider that greatly speeds up turnaround times on client signatures.  The Maui MLS information is available in our mobile devices and smart phones.  Digital cameras take wonderful pictures with instant results, and minimal cost.  Communication is lightning fast.  All this convenience also leaves us with more time to hone our tech skills, or do more prospecting for future clients.  Or blogging for business.

What do I do with all the extra time?  Seriously, you can only work so much and then you need to change gears just for your peace of mind.  All work and no play.... you know how that goes.  This week and last week I had a few extra hours and I'm proud to say that I got a winter garden planted.  Even though the days are shorter and we'll have plenty of rainy weather ( I hope), I can still grow veggies for the dinner table.  We like to eat something we have produced ourselves, every day of the year.  We are practicing locavores.

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What grows well in Haiku Maui HI in the winter?  Cauliflower, brocolli, beans, cherry tomatoes, lettuce and salad greens, herbs, turmeric, leeks, chard, peas, etc.  Pretty much anything that grows in the summer months, but especially plants which prefer a cooler wetter climate.  Yields will be smaller, but it sure it nice to know what you're eating.  Start lots and see what happens, that's my motto.  Yes I am thankful for some free time to spend in my garden, and even though you might think it's work, it's really more like fun!

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Judith Parker
ProStead Realty - Charlotte, NC
CRS, GRI, CMRS, Charlotte, NC

Hi Georgina, what a beautiful garden and I have to agree with you.  Gardening refreshes one's soul.  More fun then work.  Wishing ou rain and many beautiful vegetables.

Nov 08, 2011 01:53 PM #1
Sidney Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula
Realty Works Temecula - Temecula, CA
Realty Works Temecula

Pretty picutres of your garden, I like how you framed them and positioned them in the post!  Happy Harvest!

Nov 08, 2011 01:56 PM #2
Melia Campbell
Campbell Realty - Marysville, CA

Happy gardening!  I wish I enjoyed it more, but maybe someday I will.  I wish you rain and sun in perfects amounts.

Nov 08, 2011 02:02 PM #3
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

A "winter" garden must be nice. :)

Nov 08, 2011 02:34 PM #4
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I agree with you...there's nothing like veggies from your own garden. We don't use chemicals in our garden. This summer we had the best tomato year ever. We shared and canned and shared and canned. My passion is herbs, and Dan and I team up on the tomatoes and other veggies. Tomato harvest

Nov 08, 2011 02:38 PM #5
Amy Shair
Cary Apex Durham NC Referrals - RE/MAX United - Search Durham Homes - Duke University, NC
Award Winning Agent 20+ Years

My husband and my daughter do the gardening at my house but I love what they grow. We get lots of great vegetables that we eat. I'll need to ask if they can plant anything that will grow in the winter months in NC.

Nov 08, 2011 03:28 PM #6
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

HI Georgina, a nice vegetable garden you have started!  And in addition to bringing food to the table, I find that there is nothing more therapeutic and good for the soul than some digging in the dirt!  :-)

Nov 09, 2011 01:23 AM #7
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Debbie what beautiful tomatoes!  Worthy of a blog post I think!

Thanks for all the great comments everyone!

Nov 09, 2011 08:47 AM #8
Sussie Sutton
UTR Texas Realtors - Pearland, TX
UTR TEXAS Realtors - Rep for buyers and sellers.

I want to start a garden, but honestly I just don't have the time. On another note...I have a bird of paradise in a huge pot and I want to protect it from the cold. Should I cover with blanket then plastic or plastic then blanket?

Nov 10, 2011 03:21 PM #9
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 - that is indeed a wonderful way to use those extra hours saved with DocuSign! Great post!

Nov 14, 2011 02:08 AM #10
Wendy Tomm
Beyond the Walls - East St Paul, MB
CCSP, RESA-PRO, BBB - Wpg Realtors

Well that gardening thing in November sounds perfect.  We live in Winnipeg, Manitoba (Canada) so nothing grows...only freezes for the next several months.  Enjoy the gardening.

Nov 18, 2011 09:18 AM #11
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