We have had a beautiful sunny Monday here on the farm. This morning we worked in Mana Garden, doing some weeding and pruning. In the afternoon, the crew got to work in their personal gardens where their self-directed projects are really coming along beautifully. Amongst the crew there was terracing, bamboo fence building, cane grass removal, painting, and beekeeping going on. We have some rock-star interns who put a great amount of intention and care into the work they do.
We have an abundance of bok choy and brassica mix right now, so come on over to the Community Fridge and hop on the stir fry trend. I know what I’m having for dinner:)
Plant Spotlight on . . . Buckwheat!
Over the last few weeks, I have been learning about what an incredible plant buckwheat is. We chose it as the cover crop for Lehua Garden after our ginger harvest because of its rapid growth for early incorporation. Its seeds germinate in just 3 to 5 days. It establishes, blooms, and can be incorporated in just 35-40 days.
Buckwheat is a fantastic “green manure” because once it is incorporated, it breaks down quickly, releasing its nutrients into the soil for the next crop. Other benefits are that it is bothered by few pests, it smothers many annual weeds, it thrives even in low fertility, and it solubilizes phosphorus, making it accessible to successive crops.
Manny uses the weed whacker to mow down a few feet of buckwheat so that we can get in there and dig some fresh new beds. To his right are beds that were cultivated the week before and planted with Provider Beans, which are already flourishing. You can also see the mulched pathways between the beds – a great solution for smothering weeds around the edges of our growing space.
A view from the back of Lehua Garden. Buckwheat is a beauty.
In the Community Fridge we have . . .
HI Chili Peppers
Purple Cayenne Peppers
Xx Jennifer and the Hale Akua Farmily