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Jeff’s Schedule for December 10-16, 2018

This will be my last schedule post for 2017. This year has flown by, as they all seem to do as I get older. I appreciate all of you, clients and students alike, and am grateful for your support. I’ve started my planning for 2018, and I’m excited about the projects and programs I’ll be sharing with you.

If you have a gardener on your Christmas gift list, please consider a class or consultation from The Successful Gardener. No matter which you choose, you’ll have a unique gift that will be appreciated for some time to come. You can purchase a class, a class pack (of 10 classes), or a consultation. I offer consultations on Home Gardens and Landscapes, Farm Business or Production, and Small Business Start-ups. I stand behind all my work, with your satisfaction guaranteed. To learn more about my work and any of my products, go to www.jeffrieves.com . If you’re already on the site, go to “Shop” and select the category. To find out more about me, go to “About Me” and select “Jeff’s resume'”.

Late Fall and early Winter are great times to take stock of what’s going on in the garden and landscape. The growing season is still fresh in your mind, and with leaves down or falling, you can see the architecture of your landscape clearly. (You can capture all that organic matter for your garden, too. Ask me how.) You can reach me here to schedule a landscape consultation.

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!

Peace, Grace, & Love,
Jeff

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Jeff’s Schedule for December 4-9, 2017

The first full week of December finds me in Matthews, NC, thinking about compost. As the leaves fall, it’s a great time to collect them for a new compost bin. I’ve used leaf compost in nearly all of my gardens, and we do the same at Renfrow Farm. Blowing and bagging all those leaves gives all the nutrients collected in those leaves to someone else. It’s just as easy to put those leaves in a wire and post bin in a corner of your backyard. Here are some examples of homemade wire & post leaf compost bins.

This one was built in the corner of the yard, and left to compost. It might sit for a year or more before you have that good  dark humus that gardeners love.

 

 

This is a 3-sided bin for all the leaves collected in the fall. I add some nitrogen every time we add leaves, so the leaves compost faster. By the time potato planting comes ‘round, 3 foot high pile of leaves is about 8 inches deep. We plant right into the leaf mulch, and harvest is much easier. When potatoes are harvested, you have a beautiful bed of good soil.

 

If Your bin needs to be a little more presentable, I’ve also included the bin I made for my Living Garden demonstration. I built it from sections of prefabricated picket fence, leftover from another project.

These kinds of bins are easy to make, and can be cost-effective, too. 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!

On Thursday, I’m headed to Carthage, NC, to help prepare for the Christmas Open House at The House in the Horseshoe State Historic Site. Then on Saturday, I’ll be helping out at “The ‘Shoe” as we affectionately call the site, as we say “Thank You” to all our visitors and supporters. Find out more about the “The ‘Shoe” and all our events here.

Now is a great time to take stock of what͛’s going on in the garden and landscape. The growing season is still fresh in your mind, and with leaves down or falling, you can see the architecture of your landscape clearly. (You can capture all that organic matter for your garden, too. Ask me how.) You can reach me here to schedule a landscape consultation.

I͛’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’d like to schedule a home garden and 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 THAT͛S what makes you a Successful Gardener!

Hope to see you sometime this week!

Peace, Grace, & Love,
Jeff

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