Growing Vegetables at Home

We are right in the middle of the Covid 19 pandemic, and so many of us are stuck at home, self isolating, social distancing... What better use of our time (and a way to reduce trips to the grocery store) than starting up or reviving our own veggie garden?


Whether it's in ground, raised box beds, or containers on our balconies, people's interest for home grown food has been peaked. Aside from fresh produce or herbs, there is also the horticultural therapy aspect of it - spending time with plants and touching the earth has a grounding, calming effect. Plants remind us of the simple beauty of life and help ignite gratitude, an essential part of coping with being cooped up, cut off, and feeling uncertain about our future.


We can help you set up container gardens of all types (veggie or otherwise), plus advise you about the state of your vegetable or herb garden setup, do some problem solving, or simply source, deliver and install soil products for you.



Raised vegetable beds - here an example of a stackable modular one made from cedar


Here are some basic soil mix recipes for the ideal raised vegetable bed:

1/4 Vermiculite

1/4 Coconut Coir (most environmentally friendly, neutral ph)

1/2 composted manure product (Stanhope Organics produces this by the yard)

Glacial rock dust


Or to amend your existing in ground beds:

1/3 Compost

1/3 Perlite

1/3 existing 'garden soil' (usually sandy loam)


Or for containers on your balcony or patio:

1/2 compost (Seasoil brand is a pretty good bagged product)

1/4 peat moss

1/2 Vermiculite or Coconut Coir

Glacial rock dust





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