Tropical Gardening: Composting and mulching to build healthy soils from scratch

  • Photo courtesy of Voltaire Moise This Trachycarpus palm is growing in a cemetery in the Montmartre Quarter of Paris. It is usually much smaller, but it appears that the soil of the cemetery is higher in nutrients than the average soil.

With millions of acres of forest burned all over Europe and America, it is hard to imagine they will ever support vegetation again at least in our lifetime. But we have learned that on our island, lava covered lands do recover. In heavy rainfall regions like Kapoho it only takes a few decades once the lava stops flowing. The process of healing can be more rapid with a little help from humans. Where rainfall is scant, it takes more effort.