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Secret Garden Growers

No Nonsense Horticultural Services

My Backyard Farmer

What We Provide


Fresh  Nutritious     Delicious

 

 PLANNING:  

 

We provide the expertise and knowledge necessary to successfully incorporate food producing plants into your existing landscape.  Our most popular offering is the creation of a personalized 'family farm' plot, but we also work with folks that simply want to add a fruit tree or two, build a grape arbor or plant some hedge berries.  Edible plants can be effectively and aesthetically worked into any landscapeFor other ideas on working edibles into your landscape, check our 'Additional Edible Services'.

 

We provide consultation on-site to talk about the options that your space provides and to determine your degree of involvement in the project.  You are not required to work in your garden, unless that is your wishOur part can be as simple as 'consultation only' (with you doing all of the farming) or our 'full care' option;  we do the farming, you eat the benefits!  If you pay someone to mow your lawn and trim your hedges, why not hire your own 'family farmer'!  Most families find the costs comparable to what they would pay to shop for organic produce...

 

Family Farm Plots - We design and customize a backyard farm tailored to your family's tastes and eating habits.  We have developed a quick and easy questionnaire that allows you to make specific choices about what will be produced in your garden.

 

 

WHAT WE REQUIRE:  

  • A garden area that receives at least 6 hours of sun daily with some protection from animals (large pets, digging cats, deer etc)  

  • Nearby water source.  

  • A commitment NOT to use pesticides or herbicides near this area.  

  • A small area for composting (4x4) is requested but not required.

  • An understanding that we share in the weather related risks of growing food (we can't always predict what nature will throw at us!).

  • A HEALTHY APPETITE!

 

INSTALLATION:

 

Construction:  Once we have plotted the location, our experienced crew will do any necessary removals (including lawn reduction) to make room for your family farm.  A typical size for a family of four is 20 x 20 square feet; 15 x 15 for two people and a minimal 10 x 10 plot can feed an individual or family of 2.  The area needs to get at least 6 hours of sun per day!  We are licensed contractors and can take care of moving irrigation lines, transplanting, moving night lighting or any other incidentals associated with your install. 

 

Depending on your preferences, installation can be as simple as laying out pathways and growing rows or it can include more aesthetic or practical upgrades like raised beds, theme gardens, permanent pathways, access for the disabled, fencing (from wildlife, pets, view or for appearance).  Most farms require some trellis construction for climbing and plants that can be trained to grow upward, which provides more space on the ground for intensive growing.  We are able to merge the family food plot seamlessly into most landscapes so that it becomes a pleasant visual addition as well as a productive part of the landscape.  New home buyers are asking for garden plots, and we don't see a downward trend in the future for this property upgrade! 

 

Soil Preparation: Proper soil preparation is vital and we prefer, whenever possible, to do this in the fall/winter prior to the spring planting season for full benefit.  Types of compost used and incorporation methods will vary based on your particular soil type and site.  Organic compost mulching is practiced throughout the growing season.  We prefer to have a small area for composting near the garden plot so we can recycle garden waste back into your soil! 

 

Watering System:  We will install some type of automatic watering system for your family farm plot.  In some cases we can tap into the existing landscape sprinklers to accomplish this;  in other cases we need a nearby hose bib and battery operated timer.

 

Planting:  We can supply and plant your farm with seed and plants, based on your choices and plot design.  We use heirloom varieties whenever possible and avoid genetically modified sources.  We choose varieties that are productive and vigorous in our locale.  We offer a wide variety of choices, but if you have specific varieties you want and wish to supply the seed or plants, we will plant them for you.  Staggered plantings of rotated crops provide the most abundant produce throughout the year in California...some clients prefer a 'summer only farm' while others prefer the 'year round farm' option.  It's totally up to you!

 

MAINTENANCE AND ONGOING CARE:

 

Your backyard farmer is available to stop in weekly during the warmer months and as needed the rest of the season.  We will weed, check for pests, compost, fertilize, make additional plantings as necessary (based on your plan), prune and harvest.  We do NOT use pesticides, herbicides or synthetic fertilizers! 

 

You will find your freshly harvested produce at your back door on a pre-scheduled weekday, washed and ready to eat! 

 

CUSTOMIZED OPTIONS:

 

Your farm, your way.  Let us know how we can help you create your dream plot.  Decide what your needs are, how much time you have and what your budget is and let's come up with a custom plan that works for you.  Sometimes the best intentions go awry and clients run short on time...we can rescue you.  We enjoy and welcome involvement of all family members in their gardens. 

 

Our goal is to provide more local, sustainable. and nutritious ways to feed our families...one garden at a time!  We also hope that the experiences we provide can ignite a new interest in the thrill and satisfaction of growing your own food on your own soil!

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