Holistic gardening help
Don't have time to pull weeds? Don't know how or when to divide perennials? Want to stop using pesticides? Don't know what to do with all those leaves and lawn clippings? Trying to get started composting? Do you want to learn what "weeds" you can add to your salads? Are you not getting the yield you should?
My focus is getting more people to eat local healthy foods, and bringing awareness to our pollinator dilemma; and that starts right in their own home and yard. The flavor is better, you're reducing your carbon footprint by not buying trucked-in produce, and you're helping save millions of pollinators by not supporting conventional growing practices. Even if you were give away all your produce, the satisfaction you will get at harvest time from growing it yourself is immense!
Whether you are starting out in a brand new place, or reviving an old garden bed; whether you have a black, brown or green thumb; I want to help you with your garden! Don't have a yard? You CAN garden on the patio! Or simply add fresh herbs & salads to your meals with window boxes!
Build raised beds from lumber "waste" - all my raised beds are made from salvaged lumber I got FREE on Craigslist! You can also get FREE fill dirt and FREE horse manure to make your garden soil mix and fill the beds, or to rototill into the ground. Start a compost heap, or a vermicompost (worms, not vermin) bin for additional nutrients for your plants! Build it with FREE pallets from Craigslist! You can make compost tea to use in watering indoor plants too!
Let me know how I can help you be successful in your holistic gardening endeavors!
Training & Qualifications
I've been gardening off and on for many years. I set up and helped maintain my mother's garden (pictured) while I spent some time living at home between homes. I also helped a friend start her two raised beds and porch pots. In 2014, another friend and I each bought our own places and are helping each other in converting the useless back lawns into gardens. We're building raised beds from lumber salvaged from Free Craigslist, and have been using the lasagna method to fill them.
Since then, I've been working on small projects to improve the yard, increase my yield, and learning how to garden without commercial fertilizers and ick- icides. I've integrated the hens, and am working on creating a hen-friendly garden so they can have more than just "their" space, and am hoping to add a hive of honey bees for plant pollination (and honey - yum!), but in the meantime I've planted lots of pollinator friendly perennials to attract them. I'm working on converting the front lawn as well, starting with a large herb garden, and adding pollinator friendly perennials.
In the garden-less months, there's still plenty of work to be done, notibly clean up and composting, and I spend much of my free time reading books about plants and gardening! (And scouring seed catalogs!)
Availability & Preferences
Weekends and evenings