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Old 05-24-2010, 05:09 PM
 
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Default Fern Forest- what to grow?

Hello,
I just bought some property in Fern Forest and will be building a place to stay there soon, and I was wondering what types of plants (specifically food types) have some of you been able to grow there?

I've lived on the windward side of Oahu all of my life and love my garden, so I'm really looking forward to actaully having some land to plant the garden of my dreams. However what I'm used to on Oahu is different as far as elevations and temperatures then what Fern Forest is, and I'm a bit stumped on what type of things would be suitable for the climate .

I can't seem to find any advice on websites for this type of climate. USDA zones don't really seem to fit and I can't find another place in the continental US that is similar in climate and elevations.

Anyway, I'd really like to get a head start and be able to at least put on paper what I'd like my garden to look like and what plants I can plant. So any advice on what has worked for you guys would be welcomed!

Thanks for the advice!
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Old 05-26-2010, 02:46 AM
 
Location: Moku Nui, Hawaii
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google "Jay Fitzgerald" and "sensible simplicity" or go to Sensible Simplicity Forum: Discussing Sustainability Categories for a forum of folks growing sustainable gardens in - guess where? Fern Forest!

Sweet potatoes and taro seem to be the favorites so far. There is also a lot of soil conditioning bio-char discussions as well as other off the grid sorts of discussions, demonstrations and get togethers. They can help you with starts for all sorts of sweet potatoes and taros as well as unlimited advice. Jay's also a handyman carpenter type who is available for odd jobs, too, if you need help with projects.
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Old 05-26-2010, 07:29 AM
 
Location: Kailua, Oahu, HI and San Diego, CA
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I can't seem to find any advice on websites for this type of climate. USDA zones don't really seem to fit and I can't find another place in the continental US that is similar in climate and elevations.
Sunset Magazine has climate zones, including Hawaii:

Sunset climate zones: Hawaii - Sunset.com
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Old 06-01-2010, 04:44 PM
 
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Thank you guys for the info!
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