Currently Accepting New Projects!

Posted: October 26th, 2010 | Category: Uncategorized | Comments: Comments Off

Did you know that spinach planted in the Fall will taste richer and sweeter the following Spring? That now is the time to plant garlic? That you can plant winter cover crops to amend poor soil? The shorter days are no reason to slow down our progression toward food independence.

We can help keep your thumb a nice shade of green during the winter months: break ground or install your raised beds now and get a jump start on the 2011 season, or let us install a cold frame or hoop house to provide fresh produce through the winter.

During the “off season” we also offer Hardscaping, Edible and Native Landscaping, Composting Systems, Soil Remediation, Rainwater Catchment Systems and more to make your property more sustainable, beautiful and delicious.

For larger projects, now is the time to start planning. Don’t wait until Spring is just around the corner. Give us a call!

Email or call Sarah Bush at 865-387-5043 for more info

A Win-Win Proposition

Posted: July 3rd, 2010 | Category: Uncategorized | Comments: Comments Off

Luckily we didn’t have to debate the scope of our front-yard garden endeavor for long. Our friend Shores approached me a few days later wondering, “Did I know of a spot of land that he and a few others could grow a garden on?” But of course I did!

A few phone calls were made, and our yard-sharing garden gang held its first official meeting, or as Liz from suggests, party, at our neighborhood taqueria. Over heirloom seed catalogs and carnitas, we hashed out our hopes and dreams for the upcoming year of growing our own food . . . together!

By the end of the evening we had formed the Garden Party (Independent), a small band of earnest, resourceful friends who love to cook and eat, and are damn tired of the industrial food system that is slowly killing us all. Some of us have gardening experience, most of us don’t. If you want, you can follow us this year as we experiment in growing and preserving a portion of our food supply right here in beautiful South Knoxville, Tennessee. Find out why we are doing this, what works and doesn’t work, read our recipes, send us your own gardening tips. Learn, laugh, and love the land with us.

Setting Ourselves Up for Failure?

Posted: July 3rd, 2010 | Category: Uncategorized | Comments: Comments Off

As the front-yard garden plans evolved, Edward expressed concerns  that we might be getting in over our heads. What about all of the hard work that it would take to break so much ground in virgin turf? Could we afford all of the equipment, seeds, seedlings, compost, mulch, etc. that is required in the first-year of a garden? Who would tend the garden when we went out of town? How expensive would our water bill become? What would we do with all that zucchini? All of these were valid questions, and Edward is nothing if not thorough. I on the other hand had glimpsed a vision of the future and could not let it go, and was willing to dive headfirst into the pit of overcommitment, dragging Edward with me. We could figure out the details later- sore muscles, outrageous utility bills, and squash-twenty-ways be damned!

These are no doubt problems that any partnership encounters when embarking on a new experience. There is always someone who is more dedicated (or foolhardy) in their approach than the other. The issue that we agreed upon is that we want to grow our own food for health, pleasure, and independence, but we have limited time and resources. How could we arrange for this garden to serve some of our food needs, allow us to learn and grow, push the envelope a little, and not drive our relationship into the fertile ground of our own ambition?

Full Frontal

Posted: July 3rd, 2010 | Category: Uncategorized | Comments: Comments Off

Here’s how it started: I recently moved from my home on a wooded, north-facing hillside to a neighborhood by the river. My new low-country residence has something that I have never been able to enjoy in my home gardening: a flat yard, plenty of sunlight, rich alluvial soil. Unfortunately it also has a well-established community of fat and happy groundhogs living beneath the shed in the backyard. So when my partner and I started planning for this year’s garden, I knew it would have to go streetside.

Inspired by the flat, sunny expanse, I began conjuring images of our edible front yard paradise. Vegetables, herbs and flowers of all colors and textures would replace the crabgrass lawn from one end to the other: okra, towering over us with its gorgeous papery hibiscus flowers, enough heirloom tomatoes to eat our fill and still jar up for the winter, beans and morning glories training along the porch railing and up the eaves, a thyme and mint pathway winding its way through the verdant, nourishing landscape. Ours would be a suburban garden of Eden, a garden of such bounty and deliciousness that it would inspire the entire neighborhood, maybe even the whole city of Knoxville, to pick up their hoes and join the fight for their food freedom!!