Sunday, September 24, 2017

Vegetable gardening thoughts

I've been away from my vegetable garden for almost two weeks, but had access to veggies with our Home Exchange partners and their neighbors' garden. The red kale was remarkably good -- apparently it's an almost perennial veggie for them in Kauai; I was surprised at how delicious it was, even with temperatures in the low to mid 80's in September. There were lots of tomatillos to enjoy, along with peppers, and herbs.

At home in Western NC, kale gets decidedly tough through summer, and more bitter with heat; chard does well if it has enough moisture, and is still quite decent.

I sowed spinach, mesclun, mustard, and kale in my beds at home before I left; perhaps I'll return to flourishing cut-and-come-again plantings, or maybe not. Ditto for the kale, lettuce, and broccoli starts! They may have just been woodchuck food. We'll see.

We've just arrived in Vancouver for a couple of weeks, again in a lovely Home Exchange house, but one that's surrounded by a small garden space, with just a few herbs in pots.

It's so interesting to be in our Home Exchange partners house -- while they're in ours. Such different experiences, I think, on a day to day basis.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Kauai sunset

A final sunset from our Home Exchange cottage -- we'll be leaving tomorrow evening. Kauai is a magical place, with beautiful mountains and beaches.

Little native vegetation is left, except for very remote areas in Waimea, but that's the case throughout Hawaii. The National Tropical Botanical Garden is doing a great job rescuing endangered plant species, restoring their gardens on Kauai with native plants, and promoting planting natives in landscapes. A good thing.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Na Pali Coast boat ride

A ridicuously expensive 4-hr boat trip turned out to be well worth it, at least at Kauai prices.

Wonderful views of what is truly a spectacular coastline.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

On the trail towards Alakai Swamp, Kauai

I didn't take my iPhone on this hike, as it looked like rain was threatening, but all was well until our return ascent.
This is the only photo that I seem to be able to get my iPad to download, from the ones my gardening companion took.
A wonderful hike.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Waimea Canyon

A truly spectacular spot on Kauai, Waimea Canyon was breathtaking.


Sunday, September 17, 2017

More Kauai views

We're so fortunate that our small house in Asheville is walkable to downtown, looks into a restored forest (thanks to my gardening companion), and is surrounded by other gardens, vegetable and pollinator-friendly, native-rich, etc. It's a good place to be.

It makes for a good home exchange. Our home exchange partners here in Kauai will be in our house next April. We're enjoying their wonderful setting now.
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