Gary and I love to garden. We’ve created beautiful gardens at every place we’ve lived. Whether it’s in pots, around a tree or in raised beds, they’ve all been so much fun and have always come out amazing. I wanted to share the photos of these gardens first because they were our favorite. Later, you’ll see the garden we had when we first moved to Maui.
In this yard, there was this really cool old pink peppercorn tree which created the perfect spot for the garden. We gathered lava rocks from a nearby gulch on the property to create the border, then filled it with soil, compost and mulch. Since this house was even further up the mountain from where we are now we needed to make sure there was enough sun for the lettuces, herbs, flowers and peppers. The orange flower is an orchid that had attached itself to the trunk of the tree.
This may be our most favorite garden so far. I love the rocks, the odd shape of it and the tree. See the badminton net in the background? That was a great yard! There were koa trees, eucalyptus, pine and white birch trees surrounding the yard. Maidenhair ferns grew in the shade under some of the trees. If you look really close, you can see Gary way in the back to the left of the net. He was probably hitting a few golf balls.
For the second garden area, we used more lava rock, compost and soil…we added some tile we found so that we could walk in between the plants. I miss these gardens! We grew radishes, peppers, chard, turmeric, lettuces, herbs and flowers.
Next are photos of our first garden on Maui…I planted a few hundred organic heirloom seeds and once they were big enough I transplanted the starts in to the prepared beds.
Since the ground was made up of broken up lava rock and red dirt it was not ideal for planting a garden. We decided to build some raised beds to grow our crops. We used bamboo from the yard to create the supports for the shade cloth, which was much needed to protect the delicate plants from the blazing sun.