For those who have never seen my backyard, our side yard has always been an issue. Infested with crabgrass and bermuda grass, we have had some success and a lot of failure with veggie plantings in this area. With work and the Bug, the last two years have mostly been failure. This year, since all of our 5-year anniversary trip plans fell through, we decided to give ourselves the gift of a professionally installed winter vegetable garden.
Our new friend Russell with LA Farmhands came out to take a look and do a soil test, which revealed that our Altadena soil is completely void of nitrogen. For those that don't know nitrogen is only, well, VITAL to growing ANYTHING, which would explain why our melons only got to 2"'s around before the vines died, and why our tomatoes never produced any fruit (for 3 years we tried!). Russell gave us a list of veggies he knew would grow well in our area, and we opened the side gate and gave Russ free reign.
I cannot even describe the difference in our yard. The man is a gardening guru. In addition to having a veggie garden full of things I never would have planted myself, with more crammed into this area than I ever thought possible, we have made a new friend and learned so much about gardening in the last two days. I cannot speak highly enough about our experience with Russ and LA Farmhands; if you are interested in putting in a garden of any type and size, in the ground or raised beds, you should check out their website at www.lafarmhands.com and give Russell a call. He won't steer you wrong!
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