The world is waking up outdoors, and while we are making a healthy choice to stay close to home with our families, by no means are we locked in! Actually, there’s no better time to get out and connect with nature. You can travel no farther than your own back yard to experience refreshing, new life—buds opening up on flowering bushes and trees, grassy areas greening up, and hardy spring flowers showing their true colors.
Why not dig into a relaxing, fulfilling new hobby? Gardening at home will provide you with a salad bowl of fresh produce, and you’ll gain the satisfaction of cultivating a healthy bounty. Gardens are relaxing, beautiful and can be low-maintenance if properly planned.
Maybe you’ve thought about growing a garden before but weren’t sure how to start. Or, you figure that building the garden space and caring for edibles is too difficult or time-consuming. Help is on the way! Our professionals can create the garden infrastructure, help select plants and offer growing tips so you can truly enjoy your garden. You’ll quickly understand why so many healthy lifestyle enthusiasts embrace the trend. And, you’ll gain a sense of pride from growing your own healthy, nutritious vegetables.
The truth is, starting a garden from scratch really can be hard work. That’s why we love helping homeowners design and build their gardens. If you’re more of a hands-off or semi-hands on person, that’s okay too. Neave Group can maintain and harvest your garden and/or provide a maintenance program for you to implement yourself. When you’re set up for success, you can have fun in your vegetable garden rather than toiling in it.
Selecting the Ideal Site for Your Vegetable Garden
A successful vegetable garden starts by identifying a space that receives adequate sunlight and water. Not all properties offer the abundance of sun that vegetables need to grow strong. No problem. Neave Group has certified horticulturists, arborists and landscape architects on staff that can help design the perfect space. As for irrigation, you can choose to water your garden by hand or have irrigation installed so you can “set it and forget it.”
Creating the Garden Infrastructure
A garden can include raised beds with special soil for growing vegetables. Or, your garden can be installed at the ground-level, which requires cultivating the soil and adding amendments such as compost. We like to test soil pH so we can prepare the ideal growing medium for your vegetables. You don’t need an especially large garden to produce a bounty! And, you can always start small and expand your garden over time. The key is to get started somewhere, and having an expert lay the groundwork will get you on track.
Choosing Vegetable Plants that Thrive in NY and CT
With typically wet springs, cool nights and a shorter growing season than other states, growing a successful garden is all about selecting plants that will thrive in New York and Connecticut. Plant salad greens such as Romaine and Boston lettuce. Tomatoes, broccoli, Brussel sprouts and cabbage are also hardy choices, as are spinach, kale and chard. Round out your veggie platter with classic green beans and yellow wax beans, peas and root crops like beets. Squash such as zucchini are easy to grow and tend to be prolific. Herbs are also simple to grow in the garden or in containers and they complement a vegetable garden. We like basil, dill, chives and parsley.
Protecting Your Garden from Deer
You’ll quickly fall in love with your new garden—and there’s nothing more frustrating than anticipating a sweet pepper or juicy tomato only to discover that Bambi got to your bounty first. We strongly advise deer-proofing your garden with a physical barrier and plants that diffuse odors that deer don’t like, such as marigolds, lavender, catmint, garlic and chives. Deer fencing can be attractive (we promise!). Our experts can help establish aesthetically pleasing barriers that prevent critters from munching on your garden veggies.
Spring Is Here—Let’s Get into the Garden!
Our team of experts are garden enthusiasts. We simply love plants and the process of creating and growing healthy foods. Not only is gardening a way to connect with the earth, relaxing and a great communal family activity, the simple pleasure of watching a young sprout develop into lush produce is amazing. Unlock the wonder of gardening at your home and invite us to help you get it started. We’d love to help you establish, maintain and harvest a right-sized space on your property to cultivate your own produce—a garden that’s beautiful, functional, low-maintenance and enjoyable.
Contact us at 845-463-0592 in Hudson Valley, 914-271-7996 in Westchester and 203-212-4800 in Connecticut. Or, fill out this simple form and we’ll get in touch with you.