Tropical Garden M


  • Along lower cliff below Bamboo Hut; to 3-level terrace

Lodgings and/or Facilities in areas of Garden:

Garden M

This MIXED Garden has the following plants: (located on

Main Weeds: Cane Grass, Koster's Curse, Fire Ants, chokers, creepers, climbers

  • Eradicate cane grass as close to the base as possible using a Kama and pickax out if accessible
  • Use a Kama to cut the climbers and the chokers at the plant base to kill them. Remove off plant carefully.
  • Remove all creeping weeds from around the whole garden beds.

Maintenance Activities For This Garden

  • Identification and Labeling:
    • Tag and label  transplanted trees with bright color tree ribbon,
    • Date the tree with date it was transplanted (only babies so we can see the growth process)
    • Update plant pages if any are added or deleted from the garden
  • Borders & Maintenance:
    • Spray area with Soapy Water before working in against fire ants
    • Keeping the rock borders free of weeds and mosses is easy and can be done weekly during Spring/Summer, bi-weekly Fall/Winter 15 minutes during a shift.
    • Continue fine hand weeding the rest of the garden using a Kama to remove choking weeds and climbers
    • Add soil to smaller plants, trim and mulch tree bases as in propagation section above.
    • If you have processed compost, mix in equal amounts with soil for feeding.
    • Okinawa Spinach needs special attention - more soil, weeding,
    • Sweet Potato is a useful ground cover. Don't pull up, gently move vines to keep contained
    • Mulch Avocado/Casava/Jabuticaba with soil, brown leaves (can use banana or any other brown leaf), cover with brown paper bag, wet, and weigh down with guava or rock
    • Weed the hidden walkway to Avocado regularly to keep visible
  • Harvesting:
    • Harvesting regularly promotes budding and growth low to the ground. Keep an eye to see if it's needed weekly or bi-weekly.
    • Encourage guests/Volunteers to grab food from these areas also to harvest to eat
    • If the trees are getting too tall to harvest, check with the director first about topping a tree or if you have any ideas for new edibles to plant in the terraces