Lodgings and/or Facilities in areas of Garden:
This EDIBLE HEALING Garden has the following plants:
- Eradicate cane grass as close to the base as possible using a Kama and pickax out if accessible
- Use a Kama to cut the climbers and the chokers at the plant base to kill them. Remove off plant carefully.
- Remove all creeping weeds from around the whole garden beds.
Maintenance Activities For This Garden
- Identification and Labeling:
- Tag and label transplanted trees with bright color tree ribbon,
- Date the tree with date it was transplanted (only babies so we can see the growth process)
- Update plant pages if any are added or deleted from the garden
- Borders & Maintenance:
- Keeping the rock borders free of weeds and mosses is easy and can be done weekly during Spring/Summer, bi-weekly Fall/Winter 15 minutes during a shift.
- Weed terraces weekly to keep clear and usable.
- Carefully hand trim red plants at top of terrace so they don’t overshadow the light from the lower levels as needed
- Fine hand weed the steps using a Kama to remove choking weeds, grasses, and climbers
- Add soil to smaller plants, trim and mulch tree bases
- If you have processed compost, mix in equal amounts with soil for feeding.
- Lower Level :
- Sweet Potato (‘uala), with its dense growth and lovely purple flowers, looks great as a ground cover. It is also effective at controlling soil erosion. Keep trimmed back weekly but allow to beautifully drape over the rocks.
- ‘Uala loves full sun and doesn’t need too much water to stay happy. Once planted, the ‘uala should be ready to harvest in about six to eight months.
- Traditionally, it was planted on hillsides or in raised planter beds; this allowed for easier access to the tubers without damaging the rest of the plant.
- MARK and DATE planting time so you know when to harvest.
- Mid Level:
- Jackfruit tree is in process of being cut down.
- Upper Level:
- Keep Tulsi trees weeded and carefully pruned so the bush doesn’t grow too tall but grows lower to the ground producing more buds than height.
- A low lying creeping shade plant could be under this plant sparingly.
- Trim edible plants properly so those trimmings can go around the property and accommodations for usefulness and beautification.
- Check with the director if you have any ideas for new healing edibles/herbs to plant in the terraces.
- Harvesting regularly promotes budding and growth low to the ground. Keep an eye to see if it’s needed weekly or bi-weekly.
- Encourage guests/Volunteers to grab food from these areas also to harvest to eat
- If the trees are getting too tall to harvest, check with the director first about topping a tree or if you have any ideas for new edibles to plant in the terraces