Posts Tagged ‘Home gardening’


When my colleague offered me the chance to receive a free Back to the Roots mushroom kit, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to grow some fungus at home. Now that the kit has arrived, we’re anxious to see how this thing works.

Over the next few weeks, stay tuned as we track the progress right here. The product claims to produce up to “1.5 pounds of gourmet, tasty oyster mushrooms per box…harvest your first crop in as little as 10 days!”

Sounds good to me!

As we get this project started, it reminds me of a joke my buddy Regan used to tell. It was about his desire to open a venue in Honolulu called “Club Mushroom.” You know, where the ladies can meet all the “fungis” (fun guys) in town.

Okay, lame I admit, but oh so relevant for this post.

Stay tuned for updates as things progress.


Now Growing: Beets

Posted: July 10, 2012 by Nathan Kam in Home Garden
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Beets are probably my favorite vegetable in the world. And I grew to love them after eating a fresh beet salad at Pahu’ia at the Four Season Hualalai on Hawaii Island years ago. It was nothing like the canned stuff that scares most folks and simply amazing!

Since then, whenever I see beets on a restaurant menu, it’s an automatic to order them. So when I started this home gardening thing last year, beets were one of the first things I threw in the ground. To my surprise, they did quite well in our Pearl City soil (first harvest shown below) and I’m now on the second planting (shown above).


They need time to mature, but the 2.5 month cycle is worth the wait. My favorite is roasting them in the oven with a little olive oil, salt and pepper. Simple, but broke da mout!

What’s thriving in your garden at the moment?

Thanks for stopping by and reading!


These days, I’ll take any advantage I can get when it comes to growing veggies and fruits in our home garden. So when I came across this Jiffy Greenhouse kit (pictured above) at Walmart on Sunday, I stopped to read more.


Directions: Simply add water to expand the peat pellets, then sow the seeds you want to grow, cover and place indoors out of direct sunlight, and wait for sprouts to appear. I tossed in some cantaloupe, Brussels sprouts, bok choy, cilantro and broccoli seeds, then crossed my fingers. Seemed simple enough to me, but would it work?


YES! And efficiently. In just a two days, the seeds started to sprout.


And two days after that, nearly all had emerged from the peat.

So stay tuned for what happens next. Hopefully these seedlings continue to grow positively to the point where I can put them all in the ground outside.

Grow baby, grow!!

Now Growing: Okra

Posted: June 30, 2012 by Nathan Kam in Home Garden
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For about nine months now, I’ve been trying to grow a variety of different vegetables in our home garden. It’s been tough, but quite a rewarding feeling when things actually grow and you can feed your family and friends the fruits…errr…veggies…of your labor.

Most recently, we threw some okra seeds in the ground and low and behold, the darn things are growing! And quickly too. Until now, I had no idea how okra grew. On trees? On a bush? On a vine? Well, like this in the photo above.

Seeing how things grow has also been a very educational thing for me and the family. Our kids enjoy going into the garden, picking stuff and often eating them. But the thing that makes me most proud is the fact that Ensen and Avery can identify veggies in their natural habitat. Eggplant doesn’t come from Foodland, it actually comes from a tree looking thingy.

Teaching our kids where food comes from is important to Kelly and me and the reason I’ll continue to tend this garden for years to come. It’s also made me appreciate a lot more what our local farmers do for a living to feed their communities.

If you have any gardening tips, I’m all ears!