After reading this article on Kauai’s growing agro community I knew that Waipa Farmer’s Market was just up our alley. We arrived in Kauai on a Monday which means the only day to visit was the next Tuesday. After spending the morning in the water of Hanalei Bay, we had lunch and then headed to the farmers market. Apparently everyone else on the island had the same idea, as there were TONS of people milling around waiting for the market to open. We waited a few minutes looking at the clouds rolling over the mountains and then were shocked when the gates opened and people ran full speed into the area! They seemed mostly to congregate on a few organic produce booths but we took our time making our way in and around the small market.
We took our time and sampled local salsa, pies, ice cream, and of course fruit. My dad bought Lychees and Rambutans. I bought some strawberry Papaya, kiwis, and a delicious acai bowl made with bananas and Anahola granola. We took a ton of produce back to our condo to eat including a mango pie and a lemon cream pie. This farmers market did not disappoint and I highly recommend stopping by if you ever visit the island.
Even though we will be having some work done to our yard, I didn’t want to not plant some veggies this year. Last year our garden plans were abandoned because we were moving but this year I’m determined to get some stuff growing. This picture was my inspiration for container gardening.
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I actually went down to ANJAN to try to find these metal feeders only to find out they range from $135-160. This was way more than I wanted to spend so I started researching how to use the stuff I already had to do some container gardening. Then I realized that I already had a tub that I used to store bedding in that would work perfectly!
Here are the steps I used to create a container tomato garden.
1. I drilled holes into the bottom for drainage.
2. We have these annoying white rocks around our property so I used some to cover the bottom for better drainage.
3. I used a mixture of our own natural dirt and organic potting soil.
4. I bought the smallest tomato cage I could find. I sunk it to the bottom and planted two small plants on either side of the cage, looping them to encourage the vines to grow through the cage.
5. The plants were soaked and will get water 1-2 times a week. To much water affects the color, taste and growth of the tomatoes.
What do you think of the final product?
I can’t believe that March is almost over but I’m making some great strides in getting organized and prepping for spring “green” cleaning” next month. Everything that I’ve read about green cleaning starts with the ideas of taking inventory of your stuff, getting organized and getting stuff out of your house. “Stuff” collects dust, dust carries harmful particles therefore, less stuff less yucky things to be breathing in.
A few weeks ago I wandered into my storage room looking for some space to store some new additions to my Nancy Drew collection and noticed that I had ALOT of plastic bins from my days of getting them on sale at Target. And then I started looking in them and realized that the “stuff” was things I didn’t need at all. Literally some bins hadn’t been opened in a few years. Old towels, books, clothes, electronics the list of stuff was endless. So I challenged myself to make room by donating to Goodwill, selling on ebay, giving stuff to friends and family and finally free cycling the rest. Here’s a shot of everything I gathered….
Turns out I didn’t need any extra storage bins, what I needed was to get rid of some of my belongings. I passed off lots of linens and a storage bin to my sister who really needed them. I made $105 from selling clothes on ebay and by the way, I’m very excited about the space that is in my closet.
But don’t get me wrong, I still love to buy pretty things from Anthropologie, go hunting for vintage items but I’ve decided for everything thing I buy, one thing has to go. It turns out I felt a huge weight off of my shoulders to just get rid of the stuff that we didn’t need. I admit it, my stuff was weighing me down. And I don’t want to feel like that.
So my advice is this….Go through all the places where it accumulates–try closets, junk drawers, out-of-reach shelves, attics and basements, and any other place where you are inclined to toss stuff when you tell yourself, “I’ll deal with this later”and be diligent about what you really will use someday from what you never will.