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I enjoy gardening in two places.

In Hawaii my family has a rental property ( http://mhmango.wordpress.com/about/ ) with 2 acres of steep mountainside. The main focus there is tropical fruit trees. Id be glad to answer questions about tree varieties, etc., but the really good source is Frankies Nursery out in Waimanalo. One skill I learned from geologist roommates is trail building. By just moving the dirt and rocks that you have, you can make it very easy to walk around even across cliffs. The plants I approach expert status on are taro (http://raygrogan2-ivil.tripod.com/tarogrowcookeat) and maybe coconuts (the dwarf "drinking nut" types).

In Iowa we have a regular suburban home with a good amount of fine Iowa soil. I may be able to offer a few tips of how to improve soil even more (like mixing in sand, compost, leaves, and fertilizer in the fall), and maybe a few good underappreciated trees (like a tasty mulberry, "Illinois Everbearing" from Burnt Ridge nursery). Also pawpaws (http://pondermostly.tripod.com/id7.html) which are easy to grow. My favorite garden plants are heirloom tomatoes, taro (see above), green onions with long white parts ("neggi" or "Tokyo" types), and pak choi.

I live in: United States

My zone is: Iowa and Hawaii

First registered on April 03, 2002 .