Posts Tagged ‘vegetables’

Now Growing: Broccoli

Posted: August 1, 2012 by Nathan Kam in Home Garden
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It took forever to grow from seed, but there is finally some things that resemble broccoli appearing in our garden.

This is our first attempt at growing the kids favorite vegetable, so I hope to continue seeing more buds show up and getting it to the dinner table.

I’ll keep you posted.


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!

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!