installation date! We are usually booking about a month out, or up to two months during the busy seasons. The installations are all-inclusive, meaning we bring everything down to the last tomato start, plant label, and trellis. After the installation is complete, clients have the option of signing up for Garden Care or Garden Coaching. Both programs entail a visit from one of our urban farmers every two weeks throughout the season, during which we provide all the materials and care the garden needs to thrive. We’ll even leave your harvest in a cooler. After each visit we email a “Garden Snapshot” detailing all that was done in the garden that day, what was harvested, any issues and any important garden happenings. For example “Your lettuce is ready to eat. Be sure to harvest in the morning when the leaves are the sweetest.” Garden Coaching is the same service, but scheduled at a time when the client can be present to work along side the urban farmer and learn the tricks of the trade. DomiCile: What has been your favorite install thus far? Meredith: We installed a garden on Porter Street, NW where the homeowners wanted their entire sunny front yard to be in production and the surrounding landscape planted with native pollinator flowers. I love front yard gardens because they make a show of the edible possibilities and how beautiful vegetable gardens can be. At one installation in McLean, while digging, we found the couple’s long lost wedding band that had been a family heirloom! The gold was originally melted from the cavity fillings of soldiers! DomiCile: What has been the most challenging install thus far? Meredith: One roof deck garden installation was up 4 stories with no elevator access, so we had to carry all the containers, soil, everything in buckets up all those stairs. The result was well worth the hard work! DomiCile: Do you have a dream install? Where would it be? What features would it have? Meredith: My dream installation is a rooftop farm above a grocery store so the produce can be sold 30 feet from where it is grown. DomiCile: Can you give advice to those just starting a garden in this region? Meredith: One, Sunlight is the most important factor. Study the light around your house and do your best to position the garden where there are the most hours of light in a day. The garden’s success will be directly linked to the number of hours of sunlight. It may not be where you envisioned the garden, so be flexible! Choose a spot with at least six hours of light each day. If you’re working in an area with less than 4 hours of light, focus on 46
Published on Sep 1, 2014
Published on Sep 1, 2014
The Fall 2014 Issue highlights the Logan Circle neighborhood in Washington, D.C. and shows off the perfect way to enjoy the season with thin...