We do house calls! You can hire a representative from Better Farm to provide a personal consult specific to your home and garden. We specialize in mulch gardening, compost, edible landscapes and no-till farming.
GARDEN CONSULTATIONS include any or all of the following:
- a site assessment and soil pH testing.
a lifestyle assessment (we need to learn a bit about you to know what plants will be realistic and inspiring for you, as well as for us to understand your gardening goals)
plant care tips, and suggestions for changes or additions.
discussion of the views from inside and outside the house
discussion about how you use your outdoor space and how involved you want to be in maintaining it
review of current landscape: plants grown, maintenance/weeding methods
compost talk and planning
AFTER THE CONSULTATION:
You will receive written recommendations and, if feasible, a preliminary plan, map and plant list. After our consultation, you will be able to make better choices when planning and working in your landscape. Options you may request:
sitting down together and mapping out exactly where certain plants should go (we will literally draw a map together utilizing companion planting and permaculture techniques)—or we can map it for you
advice on how to keep your soils healthy
information on composting and mulch-gardening methods
list of recommended plants with planting dates for each one and help in locating sources for seeds/seedlings
lists of natural pest deterrents and fertilizers you can use
advice for weeding strategies
advice on how to plant seeds and seedlings if needed
installation of garden
regular check-ups to troubleshoot and maintain your new garden space
HOW IT IS DONE
This process will take about 4 hours: 1.5 hours with you and some follow-up planning, mapping and research from us. However it may take more if you have a large garden or less if you only want to farm one windowsill. We charge $35 per hour, and you can send us photos of your space beforehand for a fixed quote. Additional travel fees may apply depending on your location.