February is full of potential.
Here on the cusp of spring everything is still possible. The to-do list is ever expanding, and the unrealistic still seems, well….. realistic. Your spring cleaning plans? They hold a high probability of completion. Painting the house? Sure, once the weather clears up a little. The neglected shed project? THIS is the year! Well, maybe.
There’s one thing on your to-do list that simple and rewarding. This February knock off one item before the dust starts to collect. Plant a seed and grow a garden. This is going to be easy. You’re going to nail it!
Keep it simple.
Grow what you love. There’s no use growing a flat Moroccan Mint if you can’t stand the stuff. Grow what you will eat, or enjoy. Last year I grew Pineapple Sage almost purely as an ornamental. Sure, I used some in my cooking, and gave other cuttings away, but the darn thing grew so big and so fast that I finally gave up and enjoyed the view. With all of the nurturing that we give our plants, we need to get something back in return. So if they don’t please the eye or feed the body or soul, then why bother?
Growing a Home Harvest Farm.
Now that you know what you like the bigger question becomes do you have room to grow? Do you have a backyard, a patio, or a window box? How can you maximize this space to get the highest yield? Tomatoes make bright and colourful hanging baskets. Or how about a window box full of mixed greens like West Coast Blend? When every square foot matters its time for some outside of the box thinking.
Philip Be’er has done just that. His company Home Harvest Farms understands that space is at a premium. The gardens in their product guide offer a variety of solutions for every tight space or sunny nook. With innovative designs and sleek modern appeal, HHF use cedar and steel to craft productive gardens for home or commercial use that don’t just grow well, but look great too! Urban farms like these offer hope to city dwellers and community groups in need of room to grow. Their passion about local food resonates in each unique design.
My home benefited last year from the use of a Home Harvest Farms terraced garden, and yours would too. Not only did the added growing capacity add more diversity to my patio garden but each 48″ trier looked damn good while doing it! There’s nothing subtle about stainless steel. The HHF took my patio garden to a whole other level.
More than just a pretty face, the stainless steel maximized my sunshine and warmed the soil, giving my seeds a head start last spring. The HHF bloomed sooner and more prolifically than the other containers in my patio garden over the course of the season. My patio garden is well sheltered, and continued to produce lettuce and Swiss Chard all through winter. The maneuverability of the HHF with its heavy duty casters allows for indoor or outdoor use. Allowing you to grow fresh produce year round.
I honestly loved using my Home Harvest farm. I found it accessible and easy to use. My kids had a high level of interaction with this garden, inspiring tomato thieves of all sizes. Surely a wonderful problem to have. I found it’s size to be more than adequate, and it did not dry out as quickly as I had assumed it would. This model is perfect for home use, but I can see that it would have its flaws if it was used in a public application. The maneuverability although an asset, also means it could walk off if not attended. That’s not a problem at home, but I could see the difficulty of using a planter like this in a community space or a highly urbanized area. Luckily they’ve already thought of that, HHF has made some remarkable raised beds that don’t have wheels and hold a little more weight and would work perfectly in those applications. They would be hella awkward to walk off with. Which gets a big thumbs up for me.
If you’re looking for an addition to your home garden, or want to add garden to your local community group or classroom I would highly recommend checking out what Home Harvest Farms has to offer.
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**Disclaimer: I was not paid for this review. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own. The terraced planter is currently on loan to me for trials and testing.**