Q. How big will the garden be?
A. The size of a school learning garden or a home vegetable garden is up to you! The size of your garden will be determined by what crops you would like to grow (some vegetable crops need more room to grow than others), how much space you have to work with, and your budget.
Q. How long will it take you to build the garden?
A. Depending on the size and number of beds, it could take anywhere from a matter of hours or up to two days for a larger more involved design.
Q. How much does the garden cost?
A. Cost will vary by size, number of garden areas built, as well as the choice of border for your raised beds. For schools we offer a free first time consultation where all of your questions are answered, the Garden Day program is outlined as well as sample curriculum. For home owner our consultation fee is $75 per hour where we listen to what you would like to grow, evaluate your backyard, and then provide you with the steps to build your garden yourself or offer a written cost estimate for our team to build your garden.
Q. Do you guarantee that my garden will grow and produce vegetables?
A. Based on a proven track record, we can guarantee that your organic garden will be ready to grow and have all the elements needed for success upon completion given that you follow our watering and care instructions.
Q. How much sun does my garden need?
A. Vegetables gardens require a minimum of 5-6 hours a day of direct sunlight. Partial shade during the day outside of the minimum of 5-6 hours of full sun is okay in most instances.
Q. What can I grow in my garden?
A. We will offer a list of easy to grow seasonal vegetables for you to choose from, with the only other constraints being the size of your garden. Crowded gardens do not produce well so starting with enough space is crucial.
Q. How long does it take for veggies to grow?
A. Vegetables grow at different speeds but we will give you a chart listing typical growing times for each variety of vegetable. Growth of a particular crop also depends on weather factors which are out of our control.
Q. What will I need to do to keep my garden growing?
A. Your new garden will be Ready to Grow and will need only daily watering, occasional fertilization and a watchful eye to stay on top of any insects that may appear.
Q. Will your company be available if I have any questions or problems after construction is complete?
A. Absolutely! As a very important part of our Garden Day program for schools, our experienced garden educators take care of any garden maintenance on each Garden Day. For home owners , instructions will be provided at time of consultation that will explain exactly what to do in the weeks and months after planting, as well as the fertilization schedule. If you have further questions you can reach us by phone or email. Ongoing maintenance, seasonal planting and fertilization contracts are available but completely optional.
Q. Do you have suggestions or list of activities for my family and children involving the care and growth of the garden?
A. Yes! We love gardening with children and for the last 13 years we have worked with students offering all the best educational activities possible for exploration and fun while growing healthy food!
Q. Will the garden be difficult to maintain?
A. No! We will be there for your school to care for the garden as part of the Garden Day and then work with your staff or volunteers to fill in the needed garden care until the next time we visit your school. Depending on the size of your gardens, there will be a limited amount of general maintenance needed to ensure good plant growth and health, and a necessary watering schedule. For home owner gardens the time commitment for a successful organic garden will depend on the size of the garden and what crops you are growing. Maintenance and fertilization contracts are available but optional.
Q. What vegetables grow well in our area?
A. Although the list is much longer for all possible crops, the most popular vegetables grown by season are:
Fall – lettuce, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, cabbage, kale, radish, turnips
Winter – snap peas, potatoes
Spring/summer – tomatoes, cucumber, beans, squash, peppers, herbs
Q. Will much work need to be done from season to season when planting new crops?
A. After each growing season we strongly recommend compost amendments and fertilization to ensure successful future crops.