With this past weekend’s beautiful weather, the outdoor parties are already starting. With Memorial Day weekend approaching, and summertime BBQs ahead of us, we need to start preparing our patios and backyards. I know this is a dreaded task for some, but it’s something that can be a lot of fun and there are even several local professionals who can help you. One local gardening coach in our area is Liz Donaghy, the founder of Garden Goddess by the Sea (GGBTS). Donaghy’s company is a “personalized gardening coaching service,” committed to bringing beauty and pleasure to homeowners through gardening and outdoor living. Looking at Donaghy’s Web site (gardengoddessbythesea.com), you’ll find the following questions:
• Do you love the idea of gardening, but are unsure what to do?
• When you tell your lawn guy to “make my property look pretty” do you get your desired result?
• Are you interested in seeing what all this fuss is about growing your own vegetables, but you only have a limited space to do so?
• Do you know how to create beautiful container gardens that pop?
Donaghy wants her customers to know that GGBTS can help homeowners turn their vision for their outdoor spaces into reality. This is a unique service that you may want to look into.
Everyone in my family knows that gardening is not my thing, but I have always been intrigued with the patience people have when getting down and dirty. I am also always amazed at the beautiful flowers and fresh vegetables that come from some good ol‘ TLC. Looking at Donaghy’s Web site, there are quite a few very useful services offered that even someone like me could take advantage of. And another cool thing I found out was that Donaghy knows how to do what’s called a “square-foot vegetable garden,” which can be done in a very limited space.
For those who live in condos and apartments where it’s difficult to have a garden, it can be possible, according to Donaghy.
Some of the services GGBTS offers include “Garden Coaching,” which is an on-site consult and evaluation; “Small Scale Garden Design,” which helps you design a plan for a garden project and implement the plan; “Gardening Consulting,” when GGBTS sources materials and installs the platings from designs created by the homeowner or the company; “Windowbox-Containers-Pots,” which is when GGBTS will design, source materials, and install unique four-season container gardens and the “Square-Foot Vegetable Gardens,” which is what I think is the coolest service.
Garden Goddess by the Sea, serving Atlantic City, Ocean City and the Downbeach areas, is also available for keynote speaking, workshops and seminars.
For those of you who may not have space to garden, and the “Square-Foot Vegetable Garden” isn’t an option, then check with either your condo association or even your municipality to see if they offer a community garden. I know that Galloway Twp. has a beautiful community garden and so do other surrounding municipalities. If you don’t have one in your town, you can find more information on the American Community Gardening Association (ACGA) Web site at communitygarden.org.
According to the ACGA, a community garden can be in urban, suburban or rural locations. It can grow flowers, vegetables and (best of all) your community. It can be one community plot, or it can be many individual plots. It can be located at a school, hospital, or in a neighborhood. It can also be a series of plots dedicated to “urban agriculture,” where the produce is grown for a market.
If you haven’t done much gardening but have always wanted to, go for it this season.
And make sure to invite me over for some fresh veggies.
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