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Q. How much does the average family of four spend on produce annually?
A. The average family of four spends on average $17,238 a year on groceries. Produce is normally about 25% of that, which is about $4,309 a year. Now, does it make more sense to grow your own food? Not to mention the pesticides and grow stabilizers etc. they use, sheesh!
Q. Why has “Eating Locally” become so popular?
A. Most of the produce sold within the U.S. is shipped around 1,500 miles before being sold. The significant distance comes as at a significant cost, the produce loses a significant amount of freshness and nutrients. Additionally, the journey ends up using 1.4 times the energy than is actually in the food.
Q. Why Organic or Non-GMO?
A. Organic and Non-GMO uses no synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides and uses only seeds naturally produced on mother earth. This keeps the soil healthier and allows more nutrients to reach the plant during the growing cycle. It also allows for the good bugs and companion plants to thrive in a cohesive environment.
Q. How much garden space do I need?
A. We'll discuss this more during our site visit, but a general rule of thumb is that you will want between 1-3 4'x8' beds. One bed will provide a daily salad for one person during the growing season. Two beds will provide salad and supper, and three will provide some extra to share with friends or to preserve for winter.
Q. What is Companion Planting?
A. Companion Planting has grown from more than a notion in the back of the growers mind to a mainstay practice in how we grow. Companion Planting creates balance in the garden as it brings in the right bugs and nutrients while keeping out pests. It also helps increase yields in certain plants.
Q. What is “Succession” planting?
A. Succession planting is a technique of growing more plants in a year and prolonging the growing calendar. By planting and harvesting every few weeks this technique gives produce during the year and lengthens the harvest season.