Environment / Community gardens
For those who lack gardening space, there are 10 community garden sites around Oahu. Plot sizes range from 5 feet by 17 feet (Diamond Head) to 20 feet by 40 feet (Wahiawa), and fees are between $5 and $20 a year. Be aware, however, that many of the gardens currently have waiting lists. Garden members must attend a minimum of four meetings a year and participate in at least two general garden cleanups.
Where to buy gardening supplies, soil and plants
Green Hands of Aloha
Kaneohe Farm Supplies
Tropical-fruit nursery and orchard in Waimanalo with such plant varieties as Meyer lemons, kumquats, figs, dragonfruit and mulberry trees.
Wide variety of seeds, herb and vegetable plants, fruit trees (dessert plantains and malama avocadoes currently in season) and general gardening supplies and tools.
For local potting soil and compost. Available at fine retailers throughout Hawaii.
Waikiki Worm Company
In addition to worms and bins for composting (resulting in “black gold” for plants), this “worm and soil boutique” offers a good line of organic fertilizers.
Wally’s Garden Supply
The selection here is geared mainly toward ornamental plants like orchids and bonsai, though the friendly staff can advise on all your gardening questions.
If you need to fill in a large area with dirt, Hawaiian Earth Products’ composting facility offers free mulch that you can mix with compost and other components to use as a planting soil. Used coffee grinds are available at Starbucks to supplement your compost pile or as a soil additive for plants that like acidic soil. Malama Maunalua is composting seaweed gathered during their invasive algae removals with other local waste products (i.e. horse manure, grass clippings). Bags of the compost should be available shortly, or you can volunteer for removals and take home raw seaweed to add to your own compost pile.
In addition to chicks, the only hatchery in the state also carries a variety of trees like lychee, cacao, calamansi, avocado and cinnamon. It also offers a selection of dwarf trees, good for those with less space.
Kaneohe Farm Supplies