Hui Garden Rock Wall Raised-bed Project

November 30, 2008 at 11:35 pm 2 comments

On Saturday morning (November 29) at Carole Burstein’s home we had a very interesting experience learning how to build a rock wall to contain a raised bed for our Hui garden.

We start with level ground and get out the larger rocks. It is important to have an horizontal surface to avoid water draining off from the plantings.

Folks from the group were willing to share what they learned and one person who couldn’t be there has an interesting proposal for us.

I learned that a rock-wall-raised-bed for a food garden should be high enough to sit on (at least 2 ft.) and only wide enough to be within hands reach from all sides without having to step in the bed. No mortar is used. I still wonder how the top will be made level enough and stable enough to sit comfortably on it.

Finished wall.

I learned something really interesting about how to get rid of white fly, etc. Mix water with a little bit of soap until it becomes very frothy. Put the suds on the leaves/plant and let sit for 30+minutes before rinsing. The suds draw out the moisture from the white fly or scales and they don’t survive. Optional to rinse off 30 minutes later or not.

Every rock has its place, and every place has a rock.

Small rocks are small for a reason. They started out as big rocks but were not strong enough to stay that way.


I would like to build a wind powered water pump for the garden I would use 100% recycled products from Maui
You could use it to run a nice water fall or to flow water through one of those organic fertilizer mixing systems.

For those who were interested in learning more about Emmer (the grain that Carole mentioned wanting to grow), I have attached a file that explains it.

Contact Hui Garden Committee

Next steps:
We now need to fill the bed with composted earth. We would like to recruit folks who have pick-up trucks (we need about 2 yds.) to drive to Maui Earth and Compost near the main landfill. Please let Carole know if you have a vehicle for this purpose.

We also need to meet again as a group and continue or planning process. The date and time will be announced very soon.

Warm regards,
Committee Chair


Entry filed under: Hui Gardens.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Phyllis  |  February 13, 2009 at 8:48 am

    Dear Member of the Hui Garden Committee,

    We are pleased to announce that our first bed was planted in Carole Burstein’s hui garden on last Wednesday morning with a blessing by Kainoa and an Hawaiian chant offered by Kachina. Each person present shared their vision for our future garden with wishes for health, bounty and spirit of community.

    Kainoa and Lindsay continued to share their incredible knowledge as the garden plot was planned with heirloom seeds (heirlooms were chosen because they are seeds passed down from many generations without alteration and it is our desire to continue that lineage) donated by Richard Silva and Kula Hardware and many of the participants. The first planting included beans, squash, kale, swiss chard tomatoes, lettuces and Asian greens. Each row was marked carefully and irrigated with a drip system.

    Fruit trees were also planted.

    We are all so grateful for Carole’s incredible generosity. What she has provided is priceless.

    Enjoy the pictures on our Hui Garden Interactive site and keep your eyes peeled for the next announcement from Betsy about our next group meeting. In the meantime, we

    Please enjoy the pictures and look for them and the above information added to our web site… (Stuart take note) and at our Whale Day table on February 19th.

  • 2. serat  |  July 3, 2009 at 12:52 am

    That was a nice read


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