The Friends of Kaiser PTSA just held a plant exchange at their Tuesday Farmer's Market.  It was definitely a success and we'll be doing it again on August 2, 2016.  So, until further notice, FIRST TUESDAY, 4-7 PM, school parking lot, we'll be there.  

Here's how it works.  You bring a plant and exchange it for something else.  Or, you bring pots or other gardening supplies.  Alternatively, just leave a donation to the PTSA in an amount of your discretion.  It's all good and everyone benefits.

I must say I was pleasantly surprised at the turnout and participation at our first event.  We may have had over dozen or so people show up with exchanges.  I even received these plants shown above, which by some miracle remained at the end of the event.  They're going to be perfect for my natural rock landscaping: a little color among a sea of red rock and lush green ferns.

The point is that there's a little something for everyone.  The Christmas cactus brought in was scooped up promptly.  The pink pommelo (jabon) has a new yard.  The mint, thyme and green onion went to homes needing culinary herbs.  You just never know what will turn up.  We even got a fresh supply of pots.  

I've filled them with new plants for August and here's what I'm planning on bringing.

  • Papaya (seedling) - highly prolific.  We've been eating fruit and giving away for years now.
  • Alocasia - Excellent landscape plant, tolerates indoor sun.
  • Lemongrass - Good to have on hand for SE Asian cuisine.
  • Oregano - Excellent edible ground cover.  Grows well in partial shade.
  • Ti Leaf (green) - Lovely tropical plant for landscaping, leis and cooking.

The list is subject to change, of course, but I'll keep this post updated so you have the latest information.  Again, for those that participated this week, MAHALO.  It was a huge success and thanks to generous donations -- both in plants and cash -- there's also some extra money for the PTSA to use in the school community.

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