Just wanted to touch base and let you know the garden is doing great! We are so excited to be enjoying all the veggies and herbs again this season. We have planters up by the house, overgrowing with tomatoes and peppers!
Thank you again for all your hard work in the garden building and planting last year. It has truly been one of our happiest times in our home 🙂
Ben and Cheryl and the boys, Bedford
“Home Harvest has been the most wonderful company to work with and far exceeded my expectations! Communication was easy and their work is outstanding. We have very limited space and are not “green thumbs”, so it was wonderful to have them do all the planning and hard work for us, while we get the satisfaction of growing an abundance of our own veggies! I would recommend Home Harvest to anyone and we will definitely be using them again. -Lauren B., Dartmouth”
May 2014 Testimonial for Home Harvest
For anyone wishing to start a community garden in Halifax, I would whole heartedly recommend Home Harvest. They are a pleasure to work with personally and on a business level. Being new to the experience of building a community garden, I found Peter and Pat’s friendliness, flexibility and expertise to be extremely helpful in this process. Using this company allowed me to skip the complicated steps of obtaining and evaluating all of the necessary resources myself and focus instead on the event that would kick off the success of our garden- the actual building day. I attribute much of our recent success to their awesome leadership both during the event and in the process of planning it. We are extremely thankful for their involvement and can’t wait to work with them again the future.
Sincerely, Chelsea Tims Garden Manager for Progress In the Park
Jim, April 2014
Home Harvest Kitchen Gardens transformed our yard into a harvest centre where most of our veggies came from throughout the year. Their team put the raised garden in quickly and effectively and we had returns on our investment within weeks. They also provided us with lots of invaluable tips throughout the year on when and how to plant and harvest our vegetables. We couldn’t be more happy with the service. We’d recommend anyone with access to a backyard or common area to engage them. You won’t regret it!
Erin, October 2011
Having constructed and planted only at the beginning of August, I managed to eat a lot of greens and give away a ton as well. I blanched a ton of Swiss chard and spinach for the freezer and am now in the midst of drying the herbs and preparing them for winter use. Just yesterday I picked two more pea pods from the garden. That makes about 24 for the season but there are more growing on the vine yet! Tasty too.
You appear to have made a gardener of me. I wanted to grow vegetables and with the raised bed system there is almost no work! Just my kind of garden. Water and pick, that’s all I did. There were so few weeds it’s almost not worth mentioning. Most summers I don’t like to go on vacation because I have to leave the cats alone, this summer I’m worried about leaving the garden alone.
Thank you both for all your kind words and support.
Bep, September 2011
I would like to share with you my excitement about my two new raised kitchen garden beds! They are solidly constructed, and the soil is amazing. Pete and Pat are very professional, and at the same time accessible and full of great advice. They clearly are excited about the products and services they offer, and with good reason.
I look forward to years of gardening with fresh produce, right from my back yard.
Bep Hardy-Mattern, Dartmouth
Tara, August 2011
My property already had four very large and active raised vegetable beds that I had been planting for a few years, but they were constructed using found materials (e.g., old logs/timbers) that were starting to deteriorate. They were also extremely large, and I found myself traipsing through the center of the beds just to tend to the plants in the middle. Not fun for me or the poor plants around them! I have long been interested in growing my own food (what’s better than stepping out your back door and plucking a handful of spinach or a bunch of carrots for supper?) and saw lots of potential in these beds, but I was beginning to feel a bit hampered by their unwieldy size and deteriorating structure. My primary focus was therefore to get the “foundation” for the gardens up to snuff so that what I planted would thrive.
I found Home Harvest Kitchen Gardens online, after a quick web search for Halifax-based companies in the business of constructing organic raised vegetable beds. I found their website, philosophy, and overall approach inspiring, and knew right away they were the people for me. I was also very happy to hear that they serviced areas outside of the urban core, as it is often a challenge to find people who will travel to outlying areas in HRM. Upon learning that Pat and Pete also live outside of the city (on the opposite side of the harbour, to boot!) I was even more impressed with their willingness and commitment to travel to my home. I think they made at least half a dozen trips, if not more.
Home Harvest appealed to me primarily because of their philosophy of working side-by-side with garden owners to share and teach the secrets of successful gardening—and I was pleased that they practiced what their website preached. They were knowledgeable, attentive, and willing to work with me rather than around me to realize the project. Most importantly, they are down to earth folk whose passion for what they do is highly infectious. I found myself energized and inspired after every conversation I shared with them. The old adage, “enter as strangers, leave as friends” certainly applies to Pat and Pete. It was an absolute pleasure to have them on board for my not-so-little project.
The six raised untreated hemlock beds Pat and Pete created far exceeded my expectations. They are long and narrow (4×10), which means that I can reach the center of the beds from the perimeter without compromising the plants. The construction is sound (the corner posts look like something used in the construction of Fortress Louisbourg!), the soil rich, and the produce is thriving.