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5 years ago
|Before going into the oven|
|Right out of the oven|
|Baked Wild Salmon Fillets|
|Batter and cupcakes getting ready for the oven|
|Cupcakes right out of the oven|
|Sorry for the poor picture.|
|Olena (Turmeric) surrounded by Purslane|
|Sts. Peter and Paul Church, Honolulu|
|Potatoes, Plum Tomatoes (Romas) and Kale plants|
|Tomatoes in different stages of ripening|
|The long pole is holding up the Jasmine branches that are spreading|
|My favorite new tool (I even marked it "Esther's Favorite Tool"|
|Corn, lemon basil and lemon grass (Kale belongs to a neighbor)|
|Jesus accompanies me in the garden. The San Damiano crucifix is a gift from one of my sisters|
How ocean plants help earth plantsSource: Help from kelp
Seaweed, which originates from the ocean's garden, is one of the best materials for an earth garden. For one thing, kelp helps stimulates soil bacteria. This, in turn increases fertility of the soil by humus formation (which feeds on the bacteria), aeration and moisture retention. Let's look at some other ways that kelp helps:
Seed germination is improved
Fruits and vegetable have a greater nutritional value
Plants develop more extensive root systems, which means healthier foliage, flowers and fruit
Plants have a greater resistance to nematodes, disease and pests.
My motivation for gardening is similar to what got me into cooking two decades ago. I like good, fresh food, and that's not often easy to find outside my home. I also enjoy following the seasons and tuning in to what's going on around me. And I still delight in popping a sunwarmed cherry tomato into my mouth and sharing a minutes-old salad with a supermarket lettuce-eater.
Organic gardening is a challenge in Hawaii. Decades of intensive monocrop chemical agriculture have nearly destroyed the soil and littered it with black plastic. The year-round growing season is great, but introduced diseases, weeds and insect pests also thrive 24/7. In the veggie garden, I've learned to plant plenty and continuously, harvest early and often and change crops quickly to keep ahead of the forces that prey on my plants. And I'm grateful for whatever I get, because I enjoy the process as much as the product.