Hawaii's Edible Garden Revolution
Back to back blitz action! 20 pairs of hands came together to transform this Pearl City yard into a productive edible garden, just one week after the last blitz. The mission is a success and Brilana reports that her beets are growing well!
Photo: Another happy permablitz team, another step towards food security, and many delicious meals to come!Several truckloads of logs donated by Justin Franzmeier became the walls for no-dig grow beds. In the front yard, Paul Izak and Michael Broady Jr. lead half the team in building a beautiful U-shaped no-dig bed.
The U-shape performs the same function as a keyhole, allowing Brilana to reach her veggies without stepping in the garden bed, preventing the soil from being compacted, and eliminating the need for future digging. Photo: U-shape no-dig garden bed made from locally sourced materials; Paul sets some of the more thinly sliced logs into the ground to make beautiful stepping stone…logs.
Photo: U-shape no-dig garden bed made from locally sourced materials; Paul sets some of the more thinly sliced logs into the ground to make beautiful stepping stone…logs.
Photo: A small raised no-dig bed will nurture this lilikoi vine into a living edible/privacy fence – multiple functions!In the back yard, Allen Fanning and Justin Franzmeier lead the other half of the team in building two double-reach no-dig beds, a trellis, and dug mini banana circles to feed the bananas. The double-reach bed is an efficient use of space with limited border materials.
Photo: Double reach no-dig garden bed)
Privacy was also needed in the back, but there was no existing fence to plant onto. A bamboo trellis was raised and planted with fast-growing malabar spinach. Banana circles provide moisture by placing a small or medium sized pit in between a circle of bananas. The pit is filled with yard waste and mulch, which stores moisture much more effectively. In the tropics, 80% of moisture absorbed by plants comes from decomposing biomass on the surface, or mulch.
Photo: Bamboo trellis for another edible/privacy wall; Bananas receive mulch pit upgradeNew permaculturist Michael Broady Jr. also shared his knowledge about the wonders of worm tea, and techniques to make a good batch. Beds were amended with a healthy mix of compost and chicken manure, and covered with a good layer of mulch. Seeds and starters were planted, and everything sprayed with worm tea.
Photos: Planting the front garden bed; Mikey adds Nasturtium; Planting the back garden area; Amending with worm tea; Front garden bed finished; Back garden area finished