Friday, August 29, 2008

Visit Allan Yoza's Dharma Farms for hands on work

If you are interested in WWOOFING or work exchange on Allan Yoza's farm, you should visit the Dharma Farms website.  WWOOFERS get hands on work with Allan Yoza and the farm crew.  Workers get free vegetarian meals several times per week, and get to learn how to farm noni for production of noni juice.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Tip #3 - Grow Organically

There are many benefits to gardening organically.  The main benefit is that you get to eat healthier more nutritious greens and vegetables.  

I grow noni, pineapples, bananas, avocados as well as vegetable gardens on Dharma Farms.  I have had great success using organic fertilizers like chicken manure, cow manure, and organic mulches.

The rewards in organic gardening and farming are there.  It's hard work, but it's also very rewarding.  I know that I am helping the environment, and helping the future generations by educating the volunteers who work on my farm.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Tip #2 Mulching for Weed Control

Mulching is putting down a layer of organic material in the space between plants. A good mulch layer is 1/2" to 1" thick. This prevents sunlight from reaching weed seeds. It's a good idea to start by weeding the garden bed and then laying down the layer of mulch. The layer must be renewed when it gets thin.

Examples of mulch are:
  • Old Newspapers
  • Macadamia Nut Husks
  • Wood Chips
  • Straw

Mulch can be obtained from local farmers, recycling facilities at the dump, or from organic materials lying around the house.

Mulch has many other benefits that will be covered in subsequent tips.

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Tip #1 Don't Water During Midday Heat

The middle of the day is when the sun is at it's peak. As we all know, this time of day is very hot. If your garden was watered in the morning, the vegetable greens should be able to withstand the heat. If you must water at this time, water at the root and avoid wetting the leaf as this will cause wilting.

If your veggies are regularly wilting and are receiving enough water in the morning and evening, consider a partial shade cover such as a shade cloth. Some greens such as lettuce need a little shade.

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