How It Works
The process starts with an on-site consultation at a flat fee of $55 within the District, and $75 for the surrounding area. This fee is credited towards any installation work. We come to see your space, take measurements, pictures, leave a basic vegetable list, and– most importantly– have a conversation with you about your vision and priorities. Whats in your fridge?
Next we work that information 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 plan for multiple plantings over the season. 50% of your bill for the design is credited towards your installation.
Upon delivery of the design, 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 can fully construct and install your garden, and we encourage you to be as involved or uninvolved as you like with the work. We are happy to teach as we go!
Pricing is based on materials and labor. Because every space is unique, prices vary widely depending on the garden size, soil amendment requirements, materials needed, and design.
Design work is $50 an hour. Depending on the complexity of the garden space, designs usually take from two to seven hours. 50% of your bill for the design is credited towards your installation.
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.