Harvesting Burdock

The Siddhidata Kulam grows and is constantly harvesting many wonderful things from the vegetable garden. They've recently harvested this Burdock plant, part of our ongoing initiative of trying out new vegetables to add variety to our diet. The roots of these plants can be harvested and eaten and are common in east-asian cuisine. Its seeds and roots are also said to have medicinal properties, primarily being good for the blood.

Fifteen Hundred Trees Planted for Wind Break

The monastery is back in full swing after a three-day full moon retreat. We were fortunate to be able to view the full "Blood Moon" here in Hawaii during the full lunar eclipse. The previous day, last day of last phase, was a Guru Thondu Day. This is a day we have each quarter during which all the monks work together on a project that Bodhinatha has chosen. He asked all the monks to work on out Himalayan Acres forestry project.

For many years Sadhaka Adinatha has been working with the state agencies to get support and finally this year grants have been given to moanstery by the Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Forestry and Wildlife to plant more trees on the land across the river from the temple. These grants are strictly managed and the land owners receiving support must fulfill their plans in a timely manner.

Phase One involves the planting of 3,000 or more Mahogany trees which will serve as a future endowment of the monastery and in the meantime provide valuable habitat for the wildlife in our area. Trees also secure the soil from erosion over time, which is very important on a small island like Kauai.

Wind breaks are a key element in the plan and the monks worked on Guru Thondu Day to plant 1200 Areca Palms and about 300 or more Spinach trees. These are fast growing species and will buffer the young mahogony seedlings which will go in the ground later this year. The leaves of the Spinach tree are edible (if well cooked) so we also have bushels of greens if we ever need them!

Readying for Windbreak Planting

During the winter and spring, trade winds come in from the ocean and are funneled inland by the valley of the South Fork of the Wailua river. They burst out of the valley and sweep across the property where the monastery is planting hardwood trees. To protect our precious hardwoods that we will be planting in the next few years, we are focusing on planting windbreaks this fall and winter, about 6,000 feet in all.

Today we loaded up almost a thousand pots of areca palms and several hundred pots of Cnidoscolus aconitifolius (spinach tree) on their way to be planted as components of our windbreaks. An equal amount will go over in a second load and then in five days the entire monastery will join together to plant trees, transplant small seedlings into larger pots and fill additional pots in preparation for seeding 3,000 mahogany trees. Stay tuned as the project evolves!

Ripening Fruits

The monastics here at Kauai Aadheenam are now enjoying the hard work of the farsighted monks who planted our property with countless fruit trees many years ago.

After a hot and dry summer, the first signs of our wet season are beginning to show themselves. Consistent, light rains have begun to fall and the weather is beginning to cool, ever so slightly. Another sign that the seasons are changing is the ripening of our star fruit, as well as many of our citrus trees. Avocados are abundant and many varieties of guava are producing. And for those who know what they are, our Longan trees have just started to produce their sugary fruits.

Giant Papaya – “I Could Put My Head In There!”

We don't know for sure but this may be one of the biggest papayas ever harvested here. The Siddhidata Kulam has been carefully collecting papaya seeds from the most successful varieties for many years and slowly developing a strain that does well here in our environment. This one was about the size of a basketball.

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