It all starts with a vision, and a consultation.
Welcome to Kara and Stella’s front yard edible garden!
Kara wanted to garden for years, and especially now that her four year old is interested. After touring Kara’s heavily wooded property, we decided that the front yard had the best sun, proximity to water, and to the kitchen window.
Our designs consider not only the space, but the gardener's experience level too. Her space could have accommodated several beds but as a beginner, we decided to start small.
Kara ordered two red cedar raised beds sized 8x4x1. We removed the Pachysandra ground cover, leveled the area, added pea gravel, and flag stone. We trenched in the black edging and topped the beds with soil, plants, and trellises. And wowza! I will say it looks fantastic and I love love love that is in her front yard!
These beds will be used by the whole family. Stella, Kara's daughter,...
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Thank goodness we don't live in times where women were labeled witches for their worship and wonder of the natural world. It is our intuition toward togetherness, spiritual grounding, and gathering food that attracts us to each other. We are bound by our instincts to do this work.
Most of us are out of practice with our innate ability to grow food and herbs. Our skills have gone uncultivated and unsharpened for too long. Our desire has been distracted. We have lost touch with familial survival wisdom. The art, craft, and science of horticulture has slipped through our hands, most literally.
Growing food is intuitive - with a bit of nurturing.
Let me ask you this? Is it a little witchy to wanna grow gardens with a group of like-minded women? Women who want to nurture plants and eat real food? Those who want to connect with each other face to face,...
Ahhhhh! Tired of feeling confused by the endless information on the interwebs? The overwhelm is real. I felt the same way until I linked arms with my horticultural mentor and things starting making sense. He had local knowledge on growing all things edible in the Louisville, Ky area... Zone 6b.
So sit back, look no further, and take me into your garden this season. Hi! I'm Marlena Wolf - mom, entrepreneur, and edible gardening coach. My mission is to inspire, educate, and empower you to garden with success and retention in our area! (Click here for online course info + free app for viewing).
Let's get down to it. The birds are chirping, the days are warming up, and things are turning green. So what now? There are a few moving parts to focus on.
One - Garden area prep. Locate the space with the maximum amount of sunlight and water accessibility. Measure it - keep it manageable...
*After* your seeds germinate be sure they stay moist, and *either* get 8 hours of *direct* sun OR 18 hrs of artificial light so they don’t get LEGGY!! Getting leggy or spindly means they are growing too quickly while searching for light. When this occurs, the stem becomes too weak to support the foliage and it falls over. The goal is to grow sturdy & strong seedlings, not thin and lanky.
Ps- they also gain strength with air flow from a gentle fan!
What has your experience been?
Have fun today, friends, & if you have a horn, blow it!
In my years of veggie growing, I've been featured in various publications, by colleges, and in conferences for my horticultural knowledge and businesses.
Recognized as a local celeb due to my 30x30 portrait that hung in a local restaurant for 10 years, I'm happy to have come this far. I'm saying all that, to say this - Follow your heart, know your strengths, and share them with the world.
My 10 year journey as an entrepreneur and garden guru came with many difficulties and heartaches. Many fails and many successes. The important thing is that I kept going. Kept learning. Kept pushing.
The point is, to chase your calling and keep nurturing it. I have found mine with YOU. Educating and empowering you to grow a garden with confidence, guidance, and support lights me up inside.
I live for it. A passion, a good cause, a healthy...