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Why raised vegetable garden beds?

 

We install raised beds for multiple reasons.  Raised beds warm up faster which allows you to get a head start on the growing season. A raised bed garden sits above your lawn filled with specially formulated soil to support better vegetable growth and root systems. There is an added benefit that some bugs rarely like to travel upwards so raised beds present a small obstacle and deterrent.


Why do you build your vegetable gardens from cedar?

 

We only use cedar because it has naturally occurring preservative oils that make it bug and rot resistant.  What's more, cedar does not expand and contract due to weather as much as other woods, like spruce, so it will last longer.  When cedar ages, it turns a silvery grey colour and will last approximately 5 years, about 40% longer than spruce.  We do not treat our cedar with any chemicals that can leech into your veggies.  


Do you guarantee production from the garden? 

 

Unfortunately we cannot guarantee production from the garden as there are many factors that can influence the output that are beyond our control; weather being the largest contributor to inconsistent results.  However, we will strive to produce the best possible harvests and will help educate you on what you can do to improve your harvest results. 

 

How often should I water? 

 

Infrequent watering is a problem for most garden vegetables.  So the best solution is to monitor how much moisture is at the 1 (one) foot level in the garden where the root system is strongest.  If only the surface of the garden is moist then you are likely to have very shallow root systems and poor producing plants.  It is best to give your plants good soakings once a week then a short watering two or three times a week.  

 

How do I choose my vegetables? 

 

Start with what your family likes to eat.  For example my wife loves black tomatoes so I make sure to grow a few different varieties for her.  Then layer on something new! Gardening should be fun and adventurous and who knows? You may find a new vegetable you love. Check out our Veggies page to see all of the varieties we offer. If you need help choosing, we can help design a garden for you.

 

How much space is there in the garden?  

 

Each of our standard gardens measures 4' x 8' for a total area of 32 square feet.

We also offer custom gardens; please contact us for more details.

 

How many gardens do I need? 

 

It depends on the size of your family and the varieties of vegetables you choose. We recommend one garden for every 2 adults in your home; more if you want to stock pile for winter months (i.e. tomato sauces) or if you enjoy a mostly vegetarian diet.

 

Someone I know is interested in a vegetable garden of their own; do you offer a referral program? 

 

Absolutely. For each client you refer that orders a garden from us or signs up to one of our maintenance packages we'll send you $25 as a thank you.

 

How do I pick a maintenance package?   

 

You need to decide how much time you are going to devote to the garden per week.  If you are planning on being in there every day then perhaps monthly visits are right for you just to make sure your garden is humming along.  On the other hand, if you don't think you can devote any time then a weekly package would be the best bet.  Remember, you're not set in stone; we can add or subtract services whenever you want. 

 

How do I choose between seeds and seedlings? 

 

Some plants are best grown from seed as they don't take long to produce something edible. Varieties like radishes and greens for example which go from seed to harvest in as little as three weeks. However, some plants like tomatoes will take a long time to produce fruit if grown from seed.  In many cases using seedlings instead of seeds allows you to harvest more from your garden faster.  For more information on our varieties please visit our About our Veggies page.

 

Where is the best spot in my yard for my garden?  

 

A 4' x 8' spot that gets 6 hours of sunlight per day is ideal, but we can build successful gardens in more shady areas as well.

 

How do I order?   

 

You can fill out the order form and one of our professional staff will be in touch with you right away. If you know exactly what you're looking for you can purchase right from our price list page.  

 

Why would I need an 8' trellis?  

 

Certain vegetables love to grow, like tomatoes and zucchini.  If you are interested in growing a lot of vegetables that need room to grow using a larger trellis will help you get the most out of your garden by allowing the veggies to grow upwards instead of out.   

 

When is the best time to plant?   

 

The early bird gets the worm or so the expression goes. We begin installing new gardens as early as April. But it's never too late.  If you're late in the season, that's ok, we'll adjust what to grow so that we can get you harvesting!  

 

How does winter gardening work?   

 

It's not so much winter gardening as it is winter harvesting.  Using a Cold Frame will allow you to protect your veggies from the cold wind that kills plants.  There are a number of veggies (especially lettuces) that will withstand harsh Canadian winters and allow you to harvest them all season long.  If you're looking for a home grown salad in December we would make sure to sow a variety of cold tolerant greens in October or November.   

 

How does gardening lower my carbon footprint?   

 

By harvesting your own veggies you are lessening your dependence on the traditional food system which uses a lot of fossil fuels in the production and transportation of our food.  Also, by planting vegetable plants and gardens you are helping to capture carbon dioxide from the air.

 

What will my weekly harvest look like?

 

It depends on what you're growing, and the time of the year.  In the spring you could be harvesting radishes and a lot of greens with bush beans, herbs and early peas.  Summer time would yield tomatoes, herbs, eggplant, more greens, zucchini, cucumbers, ground cherries, and a lot more.  Fall harvests would typically yield more peppers, greens, broccoli, cabbage, herbs, radishes and more. In general plants, when planted at the correct times, will yield in 1-2 months.

 

Do you have a question that has not been covered here?  Please contact us.