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Starting a Vegetable Garden

Part of "Growing Food"



The first link in this segment starts with the story of Lono, the Hawaiian god of agriculture and rain. This link also shares some of the kinolau of Lono - the physical forms and natural phenomena that are signs of Lono. 


Understanding the concept of kinolau will help deepen your approach to growing food, make more intentional choices on the land and remind you that everything is imbued with life and spirit. 

This segment is full of Useful Links​ that will help you decide what to grow, the best food plants to grow in Hawai‘i and how to propogate them, starting seedlings, and how to correctly water.


Growing tasty vegetables may take a few seasons of experience, but the Useful Links of this segment will help you get started. Keep in mind that much of your knowledge will be gained by actually planting and observing your results, meeting obstacles, solving them and learning as you go. 


Ready to start?


Begin with the first link, the story of Lono from The resource video Dear First Timers will help you avoid common gardening mistakes, as shared by a successful homesteader and farmer. The links also includes a video farm tour with Daniel Ko of Ko Farms.


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Useful Links:
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From, the story of Lono, the Hawaiian god of agriculture and rain. This story helps you transform your approach to your work with the land.

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Excellent inspirational lessons for beginner farmers and gardeners. Hear from this popular, hands-on, Youtube farmer/teacher.

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VIDEO: 18 Questions on Starting Seedlings

Gardener/teacher Kevin answers the most frequently asked questions he gets from beginner gardeners. A must-see for the aspiring homesteader!

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Sweet potatoes are highly nutritious and very easy to grow. Home gardener Wendi 

Phan shows us her simple propogation methods.

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VIDEO: 3 Tricks for Bigger Harvests

Farmer/gardener Jag Singh shares 3 very simple and highly effective ways to increase garden yield. 

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Another good explanation of underwatering and overwatering for the beginning gardener.

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Farmer Daniel Ko shares his day at Ko Farms. See how O‘ahu's first organic commercial farm operates on about 2.5 acres of land. Inspiration for beginners!

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From root crops to leafy greens to fruits, this article will help you with plant selection. From the blog

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Great questions to consider as you choose from many possibiities. This article helps you narrow down your list .

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Gardener Jag Singh shares his top 7 "beginner"mistakes so that new gardeners won't make them, too.

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VIDEO: Correct Watering is Key to Your Garden

An explanation of underwatering, overwatering and the role of soil for the beginning gardener.

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