FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Gardening can seem overwhelming at first,
but it doesn't need to be!
Check out some of our most frequently asked questions, or learn how to get started with your very own garden!
Don't see your question answered here? Reach out to us! We are always happy to help.
What are the garden beds made of?
We build our garden beds of unstained, untreated redwood. The pigments in redwood naturally deter pests like termites, and also slow down the process of rot. The bright tones of the wood also add a nice touch of color to a garden, and even though the color fades over time, we sand the wood to make it simpler for you if you choose to stain, seal, or paint the beds to match your outdoor living area.
What soil is included in the bed?
The soil we use in our personal gardens, as well as the gardens we install for private backyards and schools, fills the garden bed from bottom to top. We start with an OMRI and CDFA certified organic potting soil and mix in Happy Frog Soil Conditioner. The garden is full of nutrients such as worm castings, bat guano, composted chicken manure, granite dust, kelp meal, humic acid, as well as multiple strains of mycorrhizal fungi and beneficial bacteria.
Help us keep plastic bags out of the landfill! At no added cost, you can choose to have the interior of your bed lined with leftover soil bags. This helps us recycle, and also adds an additional level of protection to the wood against moisture.
What sizes are available?
Our standard sized beds are are 3 feet wide by 6 feet long and 14 inches deep, ensuring your root vegetables and tomato plants have room to establish a healthy root system. Our most popular size raised bed is 24 inches tall, which our customers have found put less stress on their backs and keep critters (like dogs, a garden's cutest pest!) from getting in. We are happy to customize the size of these beds to meet your personal needs, whether that means making them taller, shorter, bigger, or smaller.
Where should I place my garden?
The location of a garden is one of the most important decisions to make. In the summer, your garden will need some shade from midday through the afternoon, but in the winter, it can take full all-day sun. We recommend choosing a location that receives morning sun or all-day sun, and adding on shade posts (or DIYing a shade structure) to provide relief in the summer.
We also recommend placing your garden at least 18 inches from house walls or block walls, so that you have access to paint or treat the wall as necessary in the future. This also provides you with 360 degree access to the garden!
If you aren't sure of the best place for your new garden, feel free to email us photos -- we are happy to take a look and help you make the best decision for your new investment.
Please contact us today to set an appointment!