Initially, I thought I could grow veggies right here at the house we're staying at which is on the water. I planted a few tomatoes, and they withered and died, as did the beans. It was my first attempt at growing anything, so I'm not surprised. But I figure the soil right outside this house is suspect, its very very sandy. Even the pele leaves which are usually troopers failed to thrive. Maybe in time they will, with the application of compost once we get it (still in the process of making our pile, which will take about a year, and then a second year of curing). At any rate, we started a veggie garden at our town lot (our Grandpa Vaiokema's house which is vacant), and this is what it looks like as of yesterday:
|Hikilani (neighbor kid who helps out) and Dad take a break in front of Grandpa Vaiokema's wooden house|
A pretty, old mango tree in the yard. Dad reckons this tree is probably nearing 100 years old, and it appears that way - look closely at the roots, which are swollen up into gnarly toenails that serve as chairs during breaks from the sun. The pic doesn't do the old tree justice - she really is bigger than appears. We'll trim a branch back to allow more light to hit the sweet potatoes, which are off to the left of frame.