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Sustainable pest control limits environmental risks

Instead of always reacting to the latest pest or disease outbreak by reaching for pesticide, farmers and gardeners should practice integrated pest management. Read More

Safe gardening practices to avoid food-borne illnesses

Imagine a thriving home garden. What do you see? Juicy tomatoes and green lettuce, sustainable practices such as a rain catchment system or maybe homemade compost. Read More

Coconut palm trees thrive, with a long history in isles

There are several types of palm trees, including the type often used in landscapes in Hawaii, coconut palm trees. Many can be found in resorts, along beaches and even in some gardens. Read More

School gardens prove a rich classroom for young minds

The state Department of Education school year begins today, which means all across Hawaii, shovels will soon be turning the soil, hands will be getting dirty and seeds will be sown. Many public and private schools have garden programs, but what purpose do they have? Read More

Unearthing the diverse soils of Hawai‘i: Can you dig it

When I ask people “What is soil,” many responses include “dirt” or “the brown stuff on the ground,” but soils are much more dynamic. Composed of an assortment of minerals, organic compounds and living organisms, soils come in all different colors and “flavors,” and literally serve as the foundation upon which society stands. Read More

Visit UH college’s website to dig up useful information

The University of Hawaii College of Tropical Agriculture & Human Resources (CTAHR) Cooperative Extension Service assists gardeners with information, including how to start a garden, soil testing and plant pest problems. Read More

Hawaii’s backyards yield a treasure trove of fruit

The tropical fruit industry was synonymous with mango, lychee, pineapple, papaya, banana, guava and avocado. Now there are so many different exotic fruits from all over the world just waiting to be discovered and cultivated. Read More

Cucumbers can be grown all year long in isle climate

Cucumber (Cucumis sativus) is a warm-weather crop and can be grown year-round in Hawaii. It grows best when the temperature is 70 degrees or higher. Plant growth slows when the temperature isbelow 60 degrees or above 90 degrees. Read More

Heavy rain can take big toll on the health of your plants

There are many things in the garden that you can control, but the weather is not one of them. Even one excessively rainy day can affect plant health. University of Hawaii master gardeners in your area can answer questions relating to stressed plants due to the weather. Here are some issues that may arise in heavy rain. Read More

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