We do this through Kitchen Garden Coaching and Classes in-person locally, and with our online Kitchen Garden Course!
Not sure where to get started for creating a delicious and gorgeous Kitchen Garden right outside your back door?
Liana is part of the Kitchen Garden Coach Society, knows what it takes to turn a “black-thumb” into a green one, and would love to help you get started!
Whether you're looking to get your feet wet with gardening in a small space, or wanting an extravagant kitchen garden with edible landscaping on your property, we're here to help!
We believe there's joy and therapy in gardening, and that everyone can benefit from growing a bit of their own food!
With Kitchen Gardens, we've broken down what can be a very laborious, knowledge-heavy, and tedious undertaking into a more satisfying endeavor that will make gardening FUN and simple!
The best time to start your Kitchen Garden is NOW! Kitchen Gardens and Edible Landscaping are a year-round delight in The South. Liana consults with individuals, families, and businesses within 40 miles of 30041 and online with ANYONE gardening in USDA zones 7 and 8!
Local to the Atlanta / North Georgia area? Interested in growing some of your own food in your own gorgeous and edible Kitchen Garden? During your Kitchen Garden Consultation, we will explore the ideal placement and layout for your garden, discuss options for the best type of materials for your style and budget, and answer questions you have about starting your own Kitchen Garden. After the meeting, Liana will provide a customized plan and basic garden design sketch based on your particular tastes and goals along with information for installing the garden yourself, having our contractors do it for you, or a hybrid approach.
Local to the Atlanta / North Georgia area? Book your local Garden & Party class now! This class is a hands-on delightful mix of learning some basics about kitchen gardens as well as enjoying a homemade meal together! Various themed parties available to choose from such as 1) Herbs to Table 2) The Italian Garden Party 3) Soil Blocks + Salads . Classes are best suited to groups of 8 to 16 people, however we are happy to put together a custom class for smaller or larger parties as well as cater our offerings to corporate lunch-and-learns, birthday parties, etc. Interested in hosting a class? Simply click here to let us know your preferences...
COMING SPRING 2020! Interested in growing some of your own food in your delicious and gorgeous Kitchen Garden!? A four-part series on how to create your own Kitchen Garden from planning and building to planting and beyond. This practical approach to Kitchen Gardens includes lessons on: planning location, sourcing materials, building instructions, prepping the ground and pathways, the ideal garden soil mixture, irrigation options, planting plans, tips and advice on the most commonly grown plants in Southern Kitchen Gardens including fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers. As a BONUS you'll get lessons on how to actually USE what you grow with recipes, prep, and storage tips. PLUS, you will receive FREE access to our private online FB group where Liana will do monthly Q&A sessions and you'll have access to share kitchen garden questions, wins, and photos as you progress through the course and beyond!
We are located in Cumming, GA and serve most of North Georgia and North Atlanta. Specifically, we travel to: Cumming, Alpharetta, Milton, Crabapple, Roswell, Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, Buckhead, Brookhaven, Gainesville, Johns Creek, Dahlonega, Dawsonville, Holly Springs, Ballground, Canton, Norcross, Duluth, Suwanee, Woodstock, Marietta, East Cobb, Midtown, West Midtown, Smyrna, and Vinings. There may be a small travel fee if your location is more than 40 miles from 30041.
A Kitchen Garden is typically as close to your house as possible and usually involves raised beds made of wood, stone, or metal. Kitchen gardens are typically small enough to reach into so you do not walk in them and include a mix of vegetables, fruits, flowers, and herbs. Typically, you'll be growing and harvesting from a high-density Kitchen Garden year-round and regularly vs growing rows of crops directly in the ground for storing away for winter like a typical vegetable garden.
In addition to your Kitchen Garden, many households extend their harvest throughout their yard by installing herbs, fruit trees, and vegetables in their landscaping. In our own yard, we use culinary herbs for ground cover, rosemary and blueberry bushes in the front, back and side yards, and various vegetables and berry vines that produce quite generous yields and look good! We also have a number of dwarf and semi-dwarf fruit trees.
As soon as you can! In the Atlanta/North Georgia climate, it's possible to garden year round! The crops vary season to season and in the winter there's not as much to harvest but you can still grow a variety of things. We personally have planted at odd times in the season for years... and still produce quite abundant and generous yields! The winter months - when there's less to grow and tend to - is the perfect time to get started with planning and installing your garden so it's ready for Spring planting. We've installed garden beds in Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring and you can too! For edible landscaping, we are a bit more limited in what we can plant and when. Many of the fruit trees are planted when dormant in the late fall and winter.
The great thing about a Kitchen Garden is that, after the initial infrastructure investment (beds, soil, irrigation, labor, compost, plants), you'll typically start saving money once you're producing and eating from your own Kitchen Garden!
We do not typically buy store-bought berries, beans, cucumbers, watermelon, greens, squash, tomatoes, peppers, sweet potatoes, and herbs in certain months of the year anymore because we produce enough in our own backyard!
The initial investment can vary greatly from hundreds to tens of thousands depending on size and scope of your garden, materials, and if you're doing the labor yourself or not. The great thing about kitchen gardens is that - like us - you can start small with just a single kitchen garden raised bed and add on when you're ready... or do it all at once!
We used to be "black thumbs" too! So we know just how it feels to get excited to go buy a plant from a big box store or local nursery, bring it home, and have it die. We're not magicians, but we CAN teach you what we've learned over the years that has allowed us to turn those black thumbs into green ones. It has a lot to do with setting yourself up with the right infrastructure, knowledge, and a great coach or few!
Yes! We do not spray our plants with pesticides and our method of gardening includes incorporating knowledge of companion planting, use of essential oils in the garden, and other natural methods to deter pests and disease. Your garden will take tending to, care, and maintenance to keep it in optimal health and we can recommend a number of tips and techniques for you to use while caring for your garden. You're likely to experience a lot of highs and lows that come with gardening. You may see one plant flourish and witness another taken over by pests. These are just parts of nature an the things we have to experience and learn about as organic gardeners. The great thing is you learn by doing and we can pass on some of our trial-and-errors to help you along the way!
YES! We love working with existing gardens too! The consultation will be very much the same though we will focus on working with the existing infrastructure and explore whether or not the soil or irrigation needs to be adjusted for optimal growth. You let us know what you need help with, and we will structure the consultation to your needs.
YES! We've created the Garden & Party classes to have a fun and interactive way to participate in a local Kitchen Garden class!