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Donate to 🌞 Lupin Gardens 🌱

King Fresh Fruit & Dried Seafood sells fresh durian whose seeds can be germinated.

Price: $15/lb, ~$75/fruit

Seeds: ~9-18

Fresh durian is a complete food. By investing in a fresh durian, you enjoy a full spectrum of nutrients and seeds that can be germinated to grow durian trees.

Volunteer propagators with Lupin Gardens would be happy to germinate provided durian seeds.

Donations to Lupin Gardens can be left at the Lupin Lodge front office.

Text 724-326-3426 to coordinate dropoffs and visitation of plants.

🌱 Chef’s Garden

Nearby is Chef Michelle’s garden.


Chef Michelle harvests flowers, leaves, herbs, beans and fruits from her garden.

🌱 Plants

Flower photos taken by Paul David Clark

Flowers, Leaves & HerbsFruits
  • Sunflower
  • Peony
  • Marigold
  • Nasturtium
  • Poppy
  • Cornflower
  • Dahlia
  • Calendula
  • Kale
  • Collard
  • Basil
  • Mint
  • Oregano
  • Tomato
  • Cucumber
  • Strawberry
  • Eggplant
  • Bell Pepper
  • Summer Squash
  • Winter Squash
  • Corn
  • Bean
  • Fig
  • Avocado

✨ Features

  • Arched Trellises
  • Paths
  • Solar Lights
  • Deer-Proof Fence

⛏ Growing Methods

  • Wicking Beds
  • Fabric Container Planters
  • Organic Potting Soil
  • Steer Manure
  • Hose Watering

πŸ§ͺ Experiments

  • Diverse Plant Arrangements

πŸ₯— Compost Pile


  • Plant-based kitchen scraps
  • Eggs
  • Animal manure

Add to tumbler and turn it.


Send an email to cynthiamichelleramirez@gmail.com to get on the waitlist for receiving a batch of Chef’s finished compost.

Soil Remediation Research

Share how you deploy compost from this pile by copying the link to this 🌱 Garden and paste it in the Source(s) section of a πŸ’š Compost or a πŸ–€ Biochar Compost note.



πŸ‘‹ Contact for Visitation

Chef Michelle can host garden tours on mornings of Monday through Wednesday.

Arrange a tour by sending an email to cynthiamichelleramirez@gmail.com

Donate to 🌞 Lupin Gardens 🌱

Lupin Gardens volunteers are interested in growing diverse tropical fruits.

The produce section of Lee’s Supermarket has reasonably priced tropical fruits whose seeds and waste can be used for growing.

Fruits available:

  • Banana, Thai*
  • Custard Apple**
  • Durian**
  • Gac**
  • Grapefruit
  • Jackfruit
  • Lychee
  • Mango
  • Mangosteen
  • Opo Squash
  • Rambutan
  • Papaya
  • Soursop**
  • Star Apple**

*Seedless: peel can be used for rooting cuttings

**Frozen: good for tasting and composting remains

Donate to Lupin Gardens Volunteers: purchase produce and give it to the Lupin Lodge front office with the instruction to give them to Lupin Gardens Volunteers.

If the front office is closed, leave a comment on this note to arrange a pickup & distribution.

🌎 Earth Movement πŸͺ±

Guiding Principles


Apply immediate solutions, such as using local materials or changing one’s own mind.

Related Map: πŸ₯— Compost Piles


Earth movement is a deeply psychologically engaging activity. Be sensitive to external and internal worlds.

Please abide by the desires of neighbors and management.


You may apply tested strategies and try new methods.

Many dimensions of actions have been studied to affect plants, such as πŸ—£ sound and πŸ’ƒ movement.

Share 🌱 Garden experiments

Appreciate Soil Life

Rich soil is both aerated and moist, clumped by strands of mycelia, microscopic hairs of fungal networks.

Feed soil microbes to support plants.

Prepare to Let Go

Leave your garden project ready for the uncertainty that it may be unmaintained or altered by others, animal or human.

Beginner’s Mind

Release inner stories to be ever-present with nature’s basic principles and complex expressions.

1. Compost

Volunteer Opportunity: deposit compost here!

This compost accepts:

πŸ‚ Browns : Dry leaves, tree debris, torn cardboard

πŸ₯— Greens : Fresh plant clippings, foodwaste, manure, eggshells

🌈 Rainbow : Carcasses, nail clippings, hair, menses, grains, oil, charcoal

Deposit Instructions:

  1. Add your compost
  2. Scoop a container-worth of πŸ‚πŸƒ leaves
  3. Pour Β½ container πŸ‚πŸƒ on compost and stir your contributions with provided stick
  4. Pour the other half of the container of leaves on top

Pro tip: cut down on odors and expedite composting by lining the bottom of your container with charcoal & ash from the fire pit


πŸ’š ComPost + Proposal


This tomato seedling was seen here on 6/13/22. Will it bare fruit???

About this Space

This is a proposed garden site where compost has been deposited.

Compost Contents & Source

All organic & from California:

  • Avocado skin & seeds
  • Mandarin & grapefruit rinds
  • Kiwi

Imported organic:

  • Banana peels
  • Pineapple skin & top


  • Ataulfo mango

#Biochar from nearby fire pit:

LL: Fire Pit

πŸ‘€ Check On Me

See updates in the comments below, or share your own:

Copy the link to this note and paste it in…

… Past EcoAction in a πŸ‘€ Check

… Compost Source in a 🌰 Sow

Post your Compost!