Garden Planning, Planting & Maintenance

We are Organic Master Gardeners Our friendly and expert gardening team will help you grow your own vegetable garden weekly, biweekly, monthly or once in a while.
All Types of Clients Our gardening services suit clients of all levels of experience and interest from Do-It-Yourselfers who want to dig in, to garden-lovers who would rather we Do-It-For-You.
All Kinds of Gardens We can garden in any space: large or small, whether growing in the ground, on a rooftop or in raised garden beds. All you need is a minimum of 4 hours of direct sun daily.
Organically Grown We follow Mother Nature’s lead and use organic practices and inputs in all our gardens.

Vegetable Garden Planning, Planting & Maintenance

You don’t have a garden established yet? No problem. We can get you growing.

Your garden is ready to go? Let’s get planning, then we can plant and maintain.


Garden Planning

Your first step to delicious, home-grown produce starts with a garden plan. You tell us what you like to eat and we’ll develop a personalized planting plan that produces beautiful, bountiful and continuous harvests to suit your palate and the conditions of your garden site. Our garden plans are based on the Square Foot Gardening method and encompass organic methodologies with no synthetic inputs. This includes crop rotation and companion planting in order to stay one step ahead of pests and diseases, to enhance crop flavor and attract beneficial and pollinating insects.

From $120, contact us for a free estimate

Garden Planning

Garden Planting

Your garden will be expertly planted by our two-person team who take care of everything needed to ensure many beautiful, bountiful and healthy harvests.

We can plant your garden for you or you can join us in the garden to learn from our Organic Master Gardeners. We love to answer your questions, provide education, guidance and coaching.

Early spring planting begins in mid-April and includes cold hardy crops such as peas, radish, onions, spinach, kale, arugula, and more. Late spring planting includes heat loving crops such as tomatoes, peppers, cucumber, squash, and beans. Succession planting continues throughout the season to ensure a continuous supply of delicious, healthy harvests.

$160 per hour, 1 hour minimum per visit, plus materials

Rooftop planting

Square Foot Gardening

Succession Planting

Fall Planting

Garden with us!

Beautiful harvests

Garden Planting

Pruning

Monitoring plant health

Watering

Staking and Trellising

Harvesting

Feeding the soil

Garden Maintenance

Our gardening teams are available to garden with clients and their families to provide onsite coaching, or they can work independently.

All planting and maintenance packages start with feeding the soil with compost and other inputs approved for organic gardening. Once planted we water, weed, stake, prune, trellis, harvest, reseed, and replant as necessary, all while trouble shooting common garden pests, diseases, and soil and plant deficiencies. We can also establish Critter Barriers to protect your crops from hungry squirrels and floating row cover to increase successful germination and to protect against insects and frost.

Schedules and Pricing
Schedule Number of Visits Price
Monthly 8 visits starting at $1,880 plus HST
Biweekly 14 visits starting at $2,920 plus HST
Weekly 26 visits starting at $5,120 plus HST

Planting and Maintenance package prices do not include materials and accessories.

All maintenance packages include 2 planting visits

Contact us for a free estimate.

Garden Maintenance

Materials & Accessories

For Garden Planting and Maintenance clients, our vehicle arrives fully stocked with all the organic materials you need to keep your garden healthy and happy the natural way. We will bring you specially selected seeds, seedlings, soil amendments as well as all the accessories needed to support and protect your garden. 

Seedlings

All BUFCO gardens start with certified organic seedlings grown by Sophie Clark at Troutlily Farm, and cared for by us in our own greenhouse. We supply many unique varieties of heirloom tomatoes, hot and sweet peppers, delicious eggplant, sweet and spicy basils, edible flowers, and all your favourite perennial herbs like rosemary, thyme, sage, oregano, parsley, and so much more.

$5.50 per pot, see our full list here

Seeds

We maintain a diverse and colorful collection of vegetable, herb, flower and cover crop seed supplied by local seed growers. All our seed suppliers have taken the Safe Seed Pledge, a promise to ensure the protection of a safe and genetically stable seed source for future generations.

Access to our seed collection is exclusively for Planting and Maintenance clients. We do not otherwise sell seed or seed packs.

$1, $2, $4 per square foot as required

Soil Amendments

Soil isn’t just dirt. Healthy soil means healthy harvests. We offer a soil amending protocol that starts during planting and continues throughout the season. Find out more about this living breathing organism here.

Soil Feeding Packages
Package Amendments Included Price
Planting Pure Life worm castings, Jocelyn’s Soil booster, Actisol, Root Rescue – Mycorrhizae Fungi $114
Maintenance, Monthly Liquid Kelp, Sea Minerals, Effective Microorganisms, Better World $210 per season
Maintenance,  Biweekly+ Liquid Kelp, Sea Minerals, Effective Microorganisms, Better World $290 per season

Prices based on 32 square feet area (or 4’x8′ bed)

Accessories

We don’t carry a lot, but what we have might be just what you need! Have a look at our Critter Barriers, Floating Row Cover, Tomato Stakes, and Custom Built Trellises, available for installation during a Planting or Maintenance visit, or as DIY Kits from our online shop.

Gardening Materials

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get started?

How you get started on your vegetable garden depends on a few basic considerations. If your garden area is already ESTABLISHED then the best place to start is with a garden plan. A plan is based on what you like to eat and the specific attributes of your site. A plan outlines what crops will be planted and where, how many plants or seeds are required, and planting dates. Shopping for plants, seeds and soil amendments without a plan means you may buy more than you need. Most gardeners’ eyes are bigger than their gardens!

If your garden area is NOT ESTABLISHED, then establishing your garden is the first step, which starts with assessing the site. Look to address questions such as where is the best place to establish my garden? How much direct sun does it get? What size garden do I want? Should I grow directly in the ground or in raised garden beds? Excellent questions, some of which are answered below.

How much sun does my garden need?

Most vegetable gardens need full sun to thrive, but that is not always practical. We recommend at least 4 hours of direct sun a day but 6 hours or more is optimal. Salad greens and some herbs will do well with 4 to 6 hours of direct sun per day. Heat and sun-loving plants like tomatoes require at least 5-6 hours per day.

Where should I put my garden?

The best place to put your garden is the location that gets the most direct sun. You also want your garden to be close to a water source so you can tend the garden easily, and perhaps close to the house for easy and quick access. If you can, choose a place that is away from constant foot traffic and ground that is relatively flat. Gardening on a slope is possible, it just requires more thought.

What size should my garden be?

The size of your garden depends on many factors. How much of your site gets direct sun and for how many hours? How many people are eating from the garden? What other needs do you want your space to satisfy – a dining area? A place for kids to play? Room for pets or maybe even chickens? If you are a DIYer, ask yourself how much time you want to spend gardening. If you are a We-Do-It-For-You-er, ask yourself how much you want to invest in the maintenance of your garden. You can always establish a garden in stages. Enthusiastic gardeners can sometime overwhelm themselves by doing too much too soon. We recommend starting small and working your way up. Gardening is a life-long endeavour. Take your time.

Should I garden in raised beds or in the ground?

There are so many reasons to garden in raised garden beds. See our list here. But gardening directly in the ground has benefits too. If the soil texture is good (not too much clay, not too sandy) and it is alive with lots of biological activity (worms, good bacteria and fungi to name a few) then gardening in the ground can be very successful. If you are prepared to put in the physical labour required to bring your soil to optimal quality, then growing in the ground is a viable option for you. If you have a small space, poor soil and a bad back then go with raised beds! If you are not inclined to spend the physical effort to establish an in-ground garden (or raised beds, for that matter), our Installation team can tackle that for you.

How do I get rid of squirrels?

This is one of our most often asked questions. The answer?  You don’t. BUT you can prevent them from devouring your precious produce with our handy-dandy Critter Barriers which are at least 80% effective for most plants. Some plants such as tomatoes, are taller than our hoops so they have to go-it-alone after a certain point. But since tomatoes are highly productive, we have come to accept that we will lose a few tomatoes to local wildlife. Top Tip: another way to get ahead of squirrel damage is to harvest your tomatoes before they do. Tomatoes ripen well in a sunny windowsill and taste just as good as vine ripened.

How do I tame my tomatoes?

Tomatoes benefit from pruning, especially indeterminate varieties that will keep growing taller all season long. (Determinate or bush varieties can be left to their own devices.) Pruning isn’t rocket science but you do need a short lesson on tomato anatomy to do the best job. Have a look at our blog post for the details.

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