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April, 2003 - Issue #23

 

BOB AND CAMILLE AT HOME ON MAUI

 

TARO PATCH

 

Between March 11th and April 20th, Bob transformed the cardboard sheet mulching experiment and weed bank, into a terraced garden perfect for the dry land taro given us by Duke.

 

GOT POI?

What's good enough for the Polynesians is good enough for us.  Taro or 'Kalo' was one of the plants the Polynesians brought to Hawaii for sustenance and better living.  These essential plants are known as Canoe Plants or Heritage Plants.  The early Hawaiians ate both the leaves and the starchy corm.  Duke told us you must boil the leaves and throw out the water three times to get rid of the oxalic crystals.  Bob just stuck the plants into the red dirt without soil amendments and they are doing great.

 

HAWAIIAN GARDEN

 

Our garden grows steadily on with this magnificent Queen Palm in the background and purple blossoms on the lawn.  Red sails lettuce likes it here in our garden.  It is impervious to pests and disease.

 

We bought an acorn squash for dinner a few months ago and the seeds took root in the compost pile so Bob moved a plant to the garden.  You can see one of its fruits on the left.  This is the first time either of us have grown this kind of squash.  It was delicious.  We had it with dinner on April 26.  Remember that new bed Bob made last month?  Here it is with carrots that have come up from seed and a zucchini in the front.

 

  EARTH DAY

In which we learn not to start forest fires.  Here Camille poses with two sweaty icons of environmental advice.

 

JACARANDA

Camille toasts the spectacular display of the Jacaranda with some of Bob's home brew.  These Brazilian trees turn all of Upcountry Maui purple every spring.

 

I ALWAYS PROMISED YOU A ROSE GARDEN

On April 13, Duke gave us permission to harvest all the roses we wanted to from his Rose Garden in exchange for their care.  We began weeding, pruning, spraying fertilizing, and mulching the next day and were able to complete 12 out of 36 plants.  Duke has been buying only the most fragrant and beautiful roses for years.  Among these plants there are award winners such as Chrysler Imperial and Fragrant Cloud and other greats like Oklahoma and New Zealand with blooms of red, pink, yellow and lavender.

Some of the plants have already bloomed.  Here, Camille has five different roses on her desk along with some gladiolas, agapanthus and Gerbera daisies.  The large coral-colored bloom is Fragrant Cloud and it has an aroma capable of bringing about a bliss attack.

 

ART OF TRASH

Camille and Wilma pose in their home made outfits at this year's Art of Trash grand opening event on April 11th.  Wilma's outfit was assembled using plastic produce netting, paper bags and duct tape.  For more on this story, check out the fashion show at Art of Trash.

 

WRANGLER WANNA BE

 

Camille stands at the gate to Pi'iholo Ranch on her first day of training for wrangler duty, April 4th.  The Pi'iholo, behind her is a cinder cone from one of Haleakala's eruptions and is the prime objective for all trail rides.  It stands as a landmark in our neighborhood and graces this 8,000 acre cattle ranch.  Camille will soon be taking tourists on 2 to 3 1/2 hour trail rides around the ranch and up to the top of the Pi'iholo.  It took some doing to round up enough western clothes to look the part.  How is she doing?

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