When we purchased our new home last year the thought of having a yard again thrilled me. My bungalow in Atlanta had a great yard, but since moving to Boston 5 years ago I have been with out a green space of my own. The long winter had me plotting and planning what to do with our space beginning back in February, but I knew I needed keep things simple I am by no means master gardener and didn't want to be spending hours upon house a week tending to a high maintenance garden. But I love the idea of my 2 year learning all those blueberries she loves to eat don't just come from Whole Foods. Enter the help of my extremely knowledgeable and talented sister-in-law, Melissa Winchester. Melissa owns and runs, The Savvy Hen, an urban farm and feed store in Boulder, Colorado. You may remember us going out there last summer for the grand opening. Well, she not only has the worlds most darling stop (a must visit of you are in the Boulder area), she also consults and helps plan backyard gardens complete with sketched layouts and plant picks ideal for your growing zone and yard orientation. (North, South, East, West, etc.) We started to process by me emailing her they types of fruits and vegetables we like to eat. No sense on growing beats if you are never going to eat then. I also attached photos of our yard in the noon day sun so she could help me orient our garden beds. (I found these pre-cut, hardware included, super easy to put together flower beds...again I am a novice gardener with two young children.) Then she drew up some plans, a "shopping list" and we were ready to go.
Note: We started off a little late in the growing season, due to the arrival of baby boy, but still have gotten wonderful results.
These are the gorgeous plans Melissa designed for us.
Here are the amazingly detailed plant recommendations and notes. Girl knows her stuff!
Feel free to call or email them with your own garden questions or concerns. They are a wealth of knowledge. Oh and they do e-garden planning for anyone...not just lucky sister-in-laws.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org 1908 Pearl Street Boulder, Colorado 80302 Phone : 720-502-6187 Open 11AM - 6PM Tuesday - Friday Open 10AM - 5PM Saturday & Sunday Closed Monday