Growing Family Relationships, Food

By Hawaii Renovation Posted in: BackyardExterior

Learn to cultivate fresh vegetables at home

Kids and adults together can nurture their relationship while growing fresh produce on their lanai or in their yard. Learn the basics of growing fresh herbs and vegetables this summer at The Cook’s Garden, a free seminar at 9 a.m. this Saturday, July 21 at Geobunga in Salt Lake.

“Growing food you use to make the perfect summer salad or a kid-approved pizza is relatively simple to do,” said Andrew Dedrick, Geobunga executive director. “You can grow the tomatoes, basil, oregano, olives, spinach in your yard, or even on a lanai or kitchen window box. It’s really cool when you can harvest these items and then make them into a dinner your kids will love.”

Fresh food

Hawaii residents can grow fresh produce year-round, thanks to the Islands’ mild climate and sunny weather. Herbs such as basil, oregano and rosemary; lettuces like Manoa and arugula; and cherry or regular tomatoes thrive here.

“Some of the easiest plants to care for are basil, green onions and arugula lettuce, and all are commonly used in cooking,” Dedrick said. “While preparing dinner, I can just break off some herbs or gather some lettuce for a salad. Not only is it extremely fresh, but I know exactly who has been in contact with it, it saves me money and is readily available when I need it.”

Growing basics

Seminar attendees learn the basics of planting and harvesting, and the many options available to them. Container gardening has become extremely popular in the past few years, as anyone with some sunlight and space — even a small lanai or kitchen window box — can grow fresh herbs and vegetables. Bugs are less likely to infest containers, and you can move the plant if you find it needs more or less sun.

One-on-one questions

Following the seminar, people can ask questions one-on-one with Geobunga instructor Keola Kalama to learn more about their specific container-gardening needs. Also after the seminar, attendees can get everything they need to create their own small garden or container garden including pots, topsoil, potting mix and pre-planted herbs and some vegetables.

“Another wonderful thing about growing what you eat, is that many of these plants are beautiful and add an aesthetic value to your home,” said Dedrick.

Don’t miss your chance to learn how to grow your own herbs and vegetables at home at The Cook’s Garden this Saturday. Geobunga is located at 4299 Lawehana St. — across from Target. The seminar is free, but space is limited and reservations are recommended. Visit www.geobunga.com to register, or call 422-4567 for more information.

Geobunga is Hawaii’s best resource for anyone looking to enhance their outdoor experience. Providing unique garden elements from all over the world, and the best prices, selection and service in the state, each visit to Geobunga brings something new to discover.

contact // 422-4567
address // 4299 Lawehana St.
web // www.Geobunga.com

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