Monday, December 29, 2008

gardening coaches

Great article and links in Slate about the emergence of "gardening coaches," folks that can help you jump start your garden and understand what grows in your region, how to plant and manage your garden, enhance an existing garden, and get you excited about getting your hands dirty. If you want to grow your own veggies and are willing to invest your time in the garden but not on the research end, $30-$80 for an hour sounds pretty reasonable.

If you don't want to pay for a coach, Slate also put up a great Guide to Planting a Beginners Garden worth bookmarking.

The article also profiles the San Fransisco, local urban farming company: My Farm, who will install your garden, weed and irrigate weekly, monitor for pests and even harvest the vegetables all for $500-$1,800 for installation and $50-$250 weekly for maintenance.