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How to Elevate your Garden Vibe

Have you ever felt overwhelmed tending to a messy veggie garden?  It can easily become crowded, weedy, & sprawling!  So how do we grow an abundant AND approachable edible garden?
Get my quick tips on how to elevate and simplify your garden this spring!
1) Pick the sunniest (and flattest lol) spot
2) Remove sod and level the area with spades and shovels
3) Lay a weed barrier & gravel
4) Install edging to keep the weeds out (& for aesthetics)
5) Install raised beds (Eastern Red Cedar beds are rot-resistant)
6) Fill beds with a healthy, soil blend (1/3 topsoil, 1/3 sand, 1/3 compost)
7) Plant smart (interplant for maximum coverage and aesthetics)
8) Trellis climbers & tomatoes for support (ex: cucumbers, pole beans, snow peas)
9) Add accent flowers and planters for texture and beauty
Who is ready for this!?  Reach out for a garden consultation today!!
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Spring Garden To-Do's in the Louisville, Ky area

Ahhhhh!  Tired of feeling confused by the endless information on the interwebs?  The overwhelm is real.  I felt the same way until I linked arms with my horticultural mentor and things starting making sense.   He had local knowledge on growing all things edible in the Louisville, Ky area... Zone 6b.  

So sit back, look no further, and take me into your garden this season.  Hi!  I'm Marlena Wolf - mom, entrepreneur, and edible gardening coach.  My mission is to inspire, educate, and empower you to garden with success and retention in our area!   (Click here for online course info + upcoming gardening club).

Let's get down to it.  The birds are chirping, the days are warming up, and things are turning green.  So what now?  There are a few moving parts to focus on.

One -  Garden area prep.  Locate the space with the maximum amount of sunlight and water accessibility.  Measure it - keep it...

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Seed starting Indoors

gardening growing tips Feb 19, 2021

*After* your seeds germinate be sure they stay moist, and *either* get 8 hours of *direct* sun OR 18 hrs of artificial light so they don’t get LEGGY!! Getting leggy or spindly means they are growing too quickly while searching for light. When this occurs, the stem becomes too weak to support the foliage and it falls over. The goal is to grow sturdy & strong seedlings, not thin and lanky.

Ps- they also gain strength with air flow from a gentle fan!

What has your experience been?‍

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One Woman's Garden Journey

gardening inspiration Feb 13, 2021

Meet Gail P.  Veteran.  Friend.  Hydroponic pro. 

Second-year Strawberry grower."


Gail had been a successful indoor, hydroponic grower for years.  She has chronic pain issues from her tenure as a veteran and nurturing plants helps her.  When she moved into her newest home she had to shift to more outdoor growing.  That also meant, she needed a more practical growing set up for her physical limitations - elevated beds. 

She had tried her hand at outdoor, veggie gardens in the past with little productivity.  She had been frustrated and felt her time was wasted on poor results.  Gail reached out to me last February for a consult.  We wound up creating a raised bed garden design using recycled wood beds.  Very hard to find.  We built her twin 8x2x2 beds.  One in which, she filled with all strawberries!

Grazing delicious berry beds suits her.  The...

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A is for Aspargus

A is for Asparagus. That's right. We are going through the alphabet folks!
A member of the Liliaceae family, asparagus is one of the very few vegetable perennials that exists! Fun fact. You can plant one time, and harvest spring spears for 20-30 years. Rare indeed.
Although, it only has a 4-6 week harvest window, asparagus is nice because it grows early in the spring when other vegetables aren't quite ready - making it very marketable, if you are growing for profits.
I like to plant mine along a perimeter because after spring, it "ferns out" to be 6ft tall and bushy!
Growing info: you can grow from seed or from the crown. I prefer the crown because they come from a 1 year old plant and produce faster than from seed. I ordered mine from Johnny's Seeds online and planted 300 ft in 2011!
When crowns arrive follow planting instructions. They like room to spread out, so its recommended to create a trench for the established root system prior to...
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Christmas Specials for YOU

gardening inspiration Dec 22, 2020

Have fun today, friends, & if you have a horn, blow it! 

In my years of veggie growing, I've been featured in various publications, by colleges, and in conferences for my horticultural knowledge and businesses.   

Recognized as a local celeb due to my 30x30 portrait that hung in a local restaurant for 10 years, I'm happy to have come this far.  I'm saying all that, to say this - Follow your heart, know your strengths, and share them with the world. 

My 10 year journey as an entrepreneur and garden guru came with many difficulties and heartaches.  Many fails and many successes.  The important thing is that I kept going.  Kept learning.  Kept pushing.

The point is, to chase your calling and keep nurturing it.  I have found mine with YOU.  Educating and empowering you to grow a garden with confidence, guidance, and support lights me up inside.

I live for it.  A passion, a good cause, a healthy...

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Your Garden Vision

Hi there!

My name is Marlena Wolf.  I am the founder and CEO of Guidance for Growers Consulting, LLC.  And gardening did not come natural to me!

I never had a garden growing up so learning how to grow fruits, veggies, and herbs took me some time.  Like years.  I fled corporate America as a young woman due to reoccurring health issues, and took an apprenticeship on an organic vegetable farm. 

I know, I'm extreme. After the first month, I feared I had made the worst decision of my life!  I jumped out on faith & conviction that I could improve my health, if only I could change the food system.  Well that was enough.  I feel in love with horticulture and never looked back.

Two years later, I started Girl Next Door Farm at age 28.  We were on a 22 acre farm just outside of Louisville, Kentucky.  It was my very first entrepreneurial endeavor and I LOVED it.  And hey, growing edible plants is fun, fascinating, and...

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10 Signature Secrets to Beautifying an Edible Garden

Uncategorized Dec 12, 2020

Download our 10 Signature Secrets to Beautifying an Edible Garden!  We'll take you from start to finish on how to create the ultimate garden experience.

Our free guide is packed full of beauty, structure, and essential details to turning your aspirations into a reality.

Download TODAY to receive this 18-page pdf + Bonus Video Training Series!! This is a value of $99, for free!

Your 2021 Garden will be the best its ever been!
Happy Holidays!!

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Private Gardening Lessons

inspiration shopping Dec 03, 2020

Are Garden lessons right for your family?

I want to share a short story about my client who is such an inspiration to me!  Katherine and I went to high school together, then reconnected 10 yrs later at the St. Matthews farmer's market.  I was working for Kenny's Cheese and she was with Fox Hollow.  She is a mom of two, a food-preservationist, home-schooler, and an essential oil guru.  Fast forward to 2019, she invested in our Reap What You Sow garden course and helped her son grow an edible garden.  They did the Three Sisters: corn, beans, and pumpkins (squash)!

Earlier this week she approached me about providing personal garden lessons for her son and daughter.  (And her son wants to be a farmer!)  OMG YES, the answer is yes, yes, yes!

This invitation has inspired me so much to usher in the next generation of gardeners.  I've never offered this level of personal service in my garden coaching until now!   So, thank...

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Freedom & Fascination

consulting inspiration Nov 24, 2020
To the women that want to enjoy the fruitfulness of a garden, fresh food as a lifestyle, and an image of being a green thumb, this is for you.
Start where you are. Nurture the part of you that desires this lifestyle. Don’t let past disappointments intimidate you. Don’t let your skeptical husband deter you.
The freedom, fruitfulness, & fascination is not to be forgotten. Let these moments of pure joy and fulfillment fill your memory.
Let yesterday’s nostalgia align with today’s decisions. There is much to be gained from traditional wisdom, energized education, and inspired action.
🎁 Save 10% off a Garden Installation by gifting yourself a garden consultation now. Prepare your mind, body, & space for the journey ahead.
Are you ready to say yes?
Click here to book!
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