When tomatoes can't keep curfew, feisty eggplants throw temper tantrums, and beans refuse to take out the trash, it's time to seek guidance for your growables. For $67, today's side deal gets you a vegetable-garden consultation (a $150 value) from Backdoor Harvest. These urban farmers have tempered the most disobedient produce into well-bloomed vegetable family members and will travel within a 30-mile radius of St. Louis to help perplexed gardeners return unruly veggies to their roots.
Your 90-minute consultation will offer you valuable advice on choosing prime real estate for any type of garden, how to set up a sustainable and affordable irrigation system, information on the best varieties of produce for your area, and how to eliminate pest problems. Backdoor Harvest's experts can also illustrate how to clip plants for optimal growth and will gladly share a wealth of green-thumb know-how tailored toward your specific concerns and questions.
Gardening isn't all rose bushes and zucchini-bread-scented kitchens. From watering to seeds, caring for a dirt dweller properly can be more difficult than tending to a pack of demanding bridesmaids. Backdoor Harvest's one-on-one sessions in sustainability give newbies and advanced gardeners alike valuable insight that can't be achieved by speed-reading seed packets during HGTV commercial breaks. With today's Groupon to Backdoor Harvest, you'll soon be stunning neighbors with your handmade recipes, taking home first-place ribbons at the fair, and keeping produce next to your bed, like a friend that you can eat when you're mad at it.
- And at Backdoor Harvest, an urban agricultural organization in St. Louis, novice and longtime tillers are busy planting "recession gardens," private plots that supply individuals and families with well-rounded ingredients for meals that save substantially on grocery bills. Founder Marsha Giambalvo helps members design their own sustainable gardens depending on the sorts of meals they plan to prepare using fruits, vegetables and even herbs. Backdoor Harvest also sells fresh, organic crops to local farmer's markets and eateries at lower cost than most supermarkets. – Natalie McDonald, Newsweek
- A handful of area farmers and landscape designers have tapped into the growing appetite for fresh, garden-grown produce by launching businesses that build vegetable gardens and transform urban and suburban yards into edible landscapes. "We're urban farmers for the people who don't have the know-how or the time to grow their own produce," explained Marsha Giambalvo, who co-launched Backdoor Harvest last year. "We install and maintain and harvest gardens for people." – Georgina Gustin, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
- Back Door Harvest (in St. Louis) is another urban farming business that is willing to help you design and implement plans for an urban garden/farm. But it also offers the possibilities of garden owners taking little or no part in the act of reaping from their land, yet getting the goods; or someone without space or inclination for a garden on their property can opt to share in a neighbor’s bounty. – Adam Williams, Sustainablog