Who Wants a Garden?
At Instant Organic Garden our goal is to make home gardening so easy that everyone can do it. We offer a three step program to plan your garden, install it, complete with weedless soil and organic fertilizers, and support you for the next twelve months with telephone, email and online support.
But our approach to making gardening easy can apply to more than just families.
Restaurants are noting a steadily increasing interest in organic food from their clientele. But the few organic farms in the area find it hard to keep up with commercial demand. Restaurant owners would like to start their own vegetable gardens, but the workload is just too much when using the traditional approach. Gardens using raised beds and weedless soil can reduce the workload to planting once a season, and then watering as needed. Harvesting can be done daily as needed, so everything will always be fresh. And believe me, the customers will notice the difference in flavor.
They could start with basic crops like lettuce mixes and spinach, along with a variety of herbs like rosemary and basil, and add more crops and beds as needed. Their kitchen garden will be so neat and tidy they could invite their clients to take a tour while they wait for their tables. Their vegetable garden could be promoted in their menu – “today’s organic salad greens were harvested from our own kitchen garden.” Organic food is of such interest that it’s likely to attract local publicity.
I’ve talked with several churches interested in starting their own vegetable gardens to feed the homeless. Because there is so little work, the gardens are easy to maintain and will produce a lot of organic food in a small amount of space. They can even set aside a part of their garden for congregants to use as a community garden. And what pastor or minister wouldn’t like more visitors to his church each week?
Community gardens can also benefit from this approach. Often gardens using native soil are kept up for the first month or two, but once the weather gets hot the number of visits decrease and the weeds start to grow out of control. Members find it hard to get to their gardens four or five times a week to do all the weeding. Using raised beds and weedless soil means these community gardens can be managed with much less work, making everyone a lot happier.
For pictures of community gardens we’ve planted.
Kitchen garden photos.