How It Works
The process starts with a Consultation at the location of the proposed or current garden site. During the Initial Consultation, we measure dimensions, photo-document the area, take a soil sample, and– most importantly– have a conversation with you about your vision and priorities. The best way to prepare for the Consultation is to think about what you/your family eat on a regular basis; what would you prefer to grow yourself instead of buying from the grocery store?
Consultations are free with a Garden Installation! We collect the fee at the Consultation to cover the assessment and soil sample, and then will fully refund the Consultation fee if you decide to move forward with any garden work. We charge flat rate of $75 for Consultations within DC and $95 for Consultations within the surrounding areas of DC. While our range is primarily DC and the surrounding areas, we are open to Consultations outside The Capital Beltway — additional fees will apply.
Next, we work the information gathered during the Consultation into a drawn-to-scale Garden Design so you can visualize and approve your new edible landscape. This step is optional and designs are of course, totally flexible! All of our gardens incorporate herbs, companion plants, nutrient cycling, and secession plans for multiple plantings throughout the season. If you decide to move forward with the Garden Installation, we will credit 50% of your bill for the Design toward the Installation costs.
Design work is $50 an hour. Depending on the complexity of the garden space, designs usually take from two to seven hours.
If you would like to skip the Custom Design work step, then we will proceed by creating your Installation estimate and sharing it for you to review.
Upon delivery of the Custom Design (if you requested this step), we also provide you with a categorized estimate of how much the Installation will cost. We provide estimates in a “Low to High Range” in order to plan for fluctuating wholesale prices and unexpected setbacks in labor. We are always happy to work within a budget.
We have the expertise to fully design and install your garden-scape and we encourage you to be as involved as you like with the work and process. We are happy to teach as we go!
Pricing for Garden Work and Installations
Pricing is based on materials and labor. Because every space is unique, prices vary widely depending on the garden size, plants desired, soil amendment requirements, materials needed, and design. We will always share a line by line estimate of any garden work proposals for you to review. Have a particular price point in mind? Let us know and we will be happy to work with you to adjust the estimate accordingly in order to balance budget, vision and what is ecologically achievable given your site’s characteristics and parameters.
Busy schedule? Traveling this season? No problem! When you sign up for our garden care programs, we come tend the garden for you (or with you) throughout the season. Our continued guidance helps you get the most out your garden! We provide all the necessary materials, and can take care of everything from seed, to soil fertility. We will even harvest for you!
Pricing varies based on square footage of garden space, your level of involvement, and distance from our home base in Eckington, DC.
Weekly Visits are for garden novices, or those who love the garden, but don’t have the time to devote to its care. We take care of everything the plants need in order to be healthy: thinning, weeding, extra watering needs, fertilizing, harvesting, pruning, plant replacement, trellis training, pest control, cleaning, and more.
Twice a Month Visits are for people who are already fairly garden-savvy. We rely on you for day to day garden care and trouble shooting and come twice a month to catch you up on garden care, amend the soil, plant, harvest, and make sure nothing is diseased or in need of replacing.
We can also arrange for Garden Care visits to be at a time that is convenient for you, and work shoulder to shoulder with you, teaching our curriculum as we go. Throughout the season you will learn the intricacies and tricks of growing your own urban banquet!
Because Coaching visits are at set times, they are priced at a slightly higher rate than regular maintenance. This helps us accommodate extra driving and scheduling needs.