Tropical Garden N


Lodgings and/or Facilities in areas of Garden:

This EDIBLE HEALING Garden has the following plants:

Main Weeds: Cane Grass, Mamaki,  Stink Maile, 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:
    • 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.
    • Weed terraces weekly to keep clear and usable.
    • Carefully hand trim red plants at top of terrace so they don't overshadow the light from the lower levels as needed
    • Fine hand weed the steps using a Kama to remove choking weeds, grasses, and climbers
    • Add soil to smaller plants, trim and mulch tree bases
    • If you have processed compost, mix in equal amounts with soil for feeding.
    • Lower Level :
      • Sweet Potato  (‘uala), with its dense growth and lovely purple flowers,  looks great as a ground cover. It is also effective at controlling soil erosion. Keep trimmed back weekly but allow to beautifully drape over the rocks.
      • ‘Uala loves full sun and doesn’t need too much water to stay happy. Once planted, the ‘uala should be ready to harvest in about six to eight months.
      • Traditionally, it was planted on hillsides or in raised planter beds; this allowed for easier access to the tubers without damaging the rest of the plant.
      • MARK and DATE planting time so you know when to harvest.
    • Mid Level:
      • Jackfruit tree is in process of being cut down.
    • Upper Level:
      • Keep Tulsi trees weeded and carefully pruned so the bush doesn't grow too tall but grows lower to the ground producing more buds than height.
      • A low lying creeping shade plant could be under this plant sparingly.
      • Trim edible plants properly so those trimmings can go around the property and accommodations for usefulness and beautification.
      • Check with the director if you have any ideas for new healing edibles/herbs to plant in the terraces.
  • 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