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MG Classes Are Over! - Now it is Time for the Volunteer Work!

>> Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Last Thursday we had our final MG class followed by a pot luck.  My camera went on the blink so I have no pictures, but it was a fun time! I am ready for the office and phones training today.  Next week I start to work the phones.  There will be two MG trainees with one seasoned MG.  

I have been inspired to create a database to store my call-in activity work.  I will be testing it and then hopefully have it offered to the entire MG phone volunteers.


Artistic Tuesday - Buddah!

>> Tuesday, April 13, 2010

"Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense." Buddha

So, here's the thing, a Chinese farmer has created a Buddha pear.  Believe it or not!?!  Apparently, it is true.  I have seen the articles and I have seen the pictures, BUT I have not seen it for real.  At least I see it as ART!  I am thinking of Santa Claus tomatoes!  What do you think???



An Innovative Idea - The Windowfarms Project

>> Sunday, April 11, 2010

Perhaps many of you have already found this information.  Life on a Balcony is where I found the link to The Windowfarms Project. I love the grass roots vibe, the urban setting and the R&D process!

Lots of us garden bloggers have plenty of outdoor space for growing vegetables.  Even on our 1/2 acre in Hawaii we plan to establish some raised gardens beds soon. But urban centers are another story and kudos to Britta!  Actually, growing in one's apartment might be analogous to growing in a greenhouse.  For us gardeners in Hawaii indoor growing might keep out those pests!  Or, will it bring them in?  Although I do not live in an apartment, perhaps someday soon I will find the time to try a windows farm!  Love it!


Artistic Tuesday - Mo'o

>> Tuesday, April 06, 2010

This Mo'o (Hawaiian for lizard) was made by Pacific Gunite. With some down time due to the depressed construction market he spent lots of hours tiling!  What a great art piece for the garden and perhaps a new career!


Last Week of MG Classwork!

>> Monday, April 05, 2010

Actually, I am sad to say that this week is our last week of MG classroom work!  It went by very quickly!  Lot's of information and interesting discussion during the classroom work. And lots of hands on work and take home goodies.
  • We did some tree pruning
  • Janice Crowl gave us her Container Gardener in Hawaii book and some native naupaka seeds
  • We grafted an avocado tree (I am sorry to say that mine did not take, but I plan to graft a lemon-lime tree soon and will post on the process and results!)
  • I was given pak choy seedings and some "compost tea" (made from vermicompost) for the vegetable garden
  • I was given a clove and cinnamon tree seedlings (looking for the right place to plant in the landscape...)
Thursday we get training on how to work the community call-in phones, we take our final exam and celebrate with a pot luck.  After that it is 20 hours on the phones and 20 hours of additional volunteer work before certification!


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