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Jeff’s Schedule for November 27 – December 2, 2017

I start this week in Patrick County, VA, after the Thanksgiving holiday.. Then it’s back to Matthews, NC to help folks become Successful Gardeners.

If you live the Charlotte metro area and you’d like me to come by and help you with a garden consultation, I’d love to do it. I’m familiar with all kinds of landscapes, urban lot or country homestead, the silty, rocky soils of the mountains, the good red land of the Piedmont, or the sandy loam of the Sandhills. They each have their challenges and their beauty. In an hour, I can solve problems, identify plants, show you some opportunities, and help you enjoy your garden even more! If you’re interested, contact me here.

This time of year is a really good time to plant lots of perennial plants, everything from trees to shrubs to flowers and vegetable plants. Planting in this cooler season gives your plants weeks of root growing before the warming temperatures bring on the riot of growth that is Spring. So cool-season planting is the start of your 2018 garden!

Instead of blowing and bagging all those leaves, why not start a new compost pile? It’s just as easy to put those leaves in a wire and post bin in a corner of your backyard as it is to get all those leaves to the curb. You’ll get plenty of ͞black gold͟ compost for your labor. It’s great for your soil, too! If you need help starting a home compost system, just let me know!

I farmed and operated a plant nursery in NC for 15 years, and was an NC Cooperative Extension agent for 8 years. In that time, I learned a LOT about farm production and farm business management. I can help you with organic certification, transition to organic practices, and marketing your farm and food products. To learn how to cultivate profit on your farm, contact me here.

I’m a certified small business educator as well. In these times of great opportunity, strategic planning is essential for success. I can help you write a business plan, construct enterprise and cash flow budgets, and do market research. Individual consultations and group trainings are options for getting the information you need to succeed! To take advantage of the opportunities that are available to small business owners, contact me here.

Remember to enjoy your garden, because THAT’S what makes you a Successful Gardener!
Hope to see you some time this week!

Peace, Grace, & Love,
Jeff

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Jeff’s Schedule for November 20-25, 2017

The schedule is a short one this week, due to the Thanksgiving holidays. I know the holidays are busy, but spending even a few minutes in your garden can give you a few minutes of peace in an otherwise hectic day. And with the beautiful weather we’ve had in the Southern Piedmont, that makes it all the more enjoyable. Today (Sunday) I spent a couple of hours in the Living Garden at Renfrow Farms, cutting some plants back, digging and dividing perennials, and simply enjoying myself. It was a gorgeous Fall day, I was by myself, and everything I did will make the garden more productive next spring.

Most perennial plants really respond to division, which is a type of plant propagation. Simply dig the entire root mass of the plant and using a shovel, spade, or even an axe to split the root mass, commonly called a “clump”, into pieces, or divisions. Usually splitting the mass into halves is sufficient, but for some plants you can get several divisions from a single clump. Just be sure to get roots, crown, and foliage in each division. Then replant each division wherever you gave a proper spot. Cut the foliage back hard to give the plants a chance to settle in.

Those of you that follow me on Facebook know I have a regular Gratitude practice. Seeing the Good in your Life helps you bring more Good into all you do. So I’m very Grateful for all of you who have learned from me how to enjoy your garden more, how to cultivate more profit from your farm or food business, or experience real abundance in your life through owning and operating your own business. My clients are a very diverse group, and I always learn something during every class or consultation.

I’m in Matthews, NC Monday and Tuesday working on the Farm. The rest of the week, I’ll be in Patrick County, VA. with family. If any of you would like to schedule a consultation, I’d love to do it. I’ve designed and installed all kinds of landscapes, from formal herb gardens to Permaculture homesteads. In an hour, I can solve problems, identify plants, show you some opportunities, and help you enjoy your garden even more! If you’re interested in a home landscape
consultation, contact me here.

I farmed and operated a plant nursery in NC for 15 years, and was an NC Cooperative Extension agent for 8 years. In that time, I learned a LOT about farm production and farm business
management. I can help you with organic certification, transition to organic practices, and marketing your farm and food products. To learn how to cultivate profit on your farm, contact me here.

In these times of great opportunity for small business owners, strategic planning is essential for success. I can help you write a business plan, construct enterprise and cash flow budgets, and do market research. Individual consultations and group trainings are options for getting the information you need to succeed! To take advantage of the opportunities that are available to small business owners, contact me here.

Remember to enjoy your garden, because THAT’S what makes you a Successful Gardener! Hope to see you sometime this week. Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Peace, Grace, & Love,
Jeff

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Jeff’s Schedule for November 13-18, 2017

This week, I have a bit of a yo-yo schedule. I start this week in Matthews, NC, taking care of some things at Renfrow Farm. Then I’m headed back to Patrick County, VA, working on a family project and digging some more plants to move to the Piedmont. Then it’s back to Matthews, NC to help folks become Successful Gardeners.

On Saturday, November 18, I’ll be at the Farm from 3-5PM to help with the first annual “Pressly’s Passalong Plant Sale”. From the latest Renfrow Farms newsletter: “We are offering “by-the-shovelful” perennials from our farm including a few different varieties of feverfew, yarrow (mixed colors, won’t be able to tell what’s what at this time of year), mountain mint, veronica, black-eyed susans, anchusa, white echinacea, obedient plant, daylilies, and iris. Many of these make fantastic cut flowers and attract pollinators and beneficial insects; all are beautiful in the landscape.”

This time of year is a really good time to plant lots of perennial plants, everything from trees to shrubs to flowers and vegetable plants. Planting in this cooler season gives your plants weeks of root growing before the warming temperatures bring on the riot of growth that is Spring. So cool-season planting is the start of your 2018 garden! Fruit trees, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, asparagus, onions, and grapevines can all be planted now. Even if you don’t want to plant anything else this year, you can still get started on next spring’s plantings. With this past season fresh on your mind, you can plan for any changes you need to make.

If you live the Charlotte metro area and you’d like me to come by and help you with a garden consultation, I’d love to do it. I’m familiar with all kinds of landscapes, urban lot or country homestead, the silty, rocky soils of the mountains, the good red land of the Piedmont, or the sandy loam of the Sandhills. They each have their challenges and their beauty. In an hour, I can solve problems, identify plants, show you some opportunities, and help you enjoy your garden even more! If you’re interested, contact me here.

I farmed and operated a plant nursery in NC for 15 years, and was an NC Cooperative Extension agent for 8 years. In that time, I learned a LOT about farm production and farm business management. I can help you with organic certification, transition to organic practices, and marketing your farm and food products. To learn how to cultivate profit on your farm, contact me here.

I’m a certified small business educator as well. In these times of great opportunity, strategic planning is essential for success. I can help you write a business plan, construct enterprise and cash flow budgets, and do market research. Individual consultations and group trainings are options for getting the information you need to succeed! To take advantage of the opportunities that are available to small business owners, contact me here.

Remember to enjoy your garden, because THAT’S what makes you a Successful Gardener!
Hope to see you some time this week!

Peace, Grace, & Love,
Jeff

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Jeff’s Schedule for November 5-11, 2017

I start this week in Patrick County, VA, working on a family project. Then it’s back to Matthews, NC to help folks become Successful Gardeners.

If you live the Charlotte metro area and you’d like me to come by and help you with a garden consultation, I’d love to do it. I’m familiar with all kinds of landscapes, urban lot or country homestead, the silty, rocky soils of the mountains, the good red land of the Piedmont, or the sandy loam of the Sandhills. They each have their challenges and their beauty. In an hour, I can solve problems, identify plants, show you some opportunities, and help you enjoy your garden even more! If you’re interested, contact me here.

Lots of folks think fall is the end of the garden season in North Carolina’s Piedmont. Actually, it’s a perfect time to start NEXT YEAR’S garden. And if you really enjoy your garden, you couldn’t be happier.

This time of year is a really good time to plant lots of perennial plants, everything from trees to shrubs to flowers and vegetable plants. Planting in this cooler season gives your plants weeks of root growing before the warming temperatures bring on the riot of growth that is Spring. So cool-season planting is the start of your 2018 garden! Fruit trees, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, asparagus, onions, and grapevines can all be planted now. Even if you don’t want to plant anything else this year, you can still get started on next spring’s plantings. With this past season fresh on your mind, you can plan for any changes you need to make.

Instead of blowing and bagging all those leaves, why not start a new compost pile? It’s just as easy to put those leaves in a wire and post bin in a corner of your backyard as it is to get all those leaves to the curb. You’ll get plenty of “black gold” compost for your labor. It’s great for your soil, too! If you need help starting a home compost system, just let me know!

I farmed and operated a plant nursery in NC for 15 years, and was an NC Cooperative Extension agent for 8 years. In that time, I learned a LOT about farm production and farm business management. I can help you with organic certification, transition to organic practices, and marketing your farm and food products. To learn how to cultivate profit on your farm, contact me here.

I’m a certified small business educator as well. In these times of great opportunity, strategic planning is essential for success. I can help you write a business plan, construct enterprise and cash flow budgets, and do market research. Individual consultations and group trainings are options for getting the information you need to succeed! To take advantage of the opportunities that are available to small business owners, contact me here.

Remember to enjoy your garden, because THAT’S what makes you a Successful Gardener!
Hope to see you some time this week!

Peace, Grace, & Love,
Jeff

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