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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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Edible Gardening is the New Black

inspiration shopping Nov 21, 2020

Step into joy among parenting, politics, pandemic, & now the holidays!

Plant seeds of inspiration this season with garden-inspired gifts.

Gifts that are:
Fruitful. Fun. Fascinating. Educational. Relaxing.

Sound valuable?

Browse our site. Give garden-inspired gifts. Let us build you a custom garden. Gift a garden consult. Take a class. Sponsor a garden.


+ EVERY PURCHASE comes with a 2021 Garden Calendar through Cyber Monday!

If you know us, love our mission, or respect our farm & garden work - please share this and tag your friends!


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Composting 101 - Building Black Gold Soils

composting growing tips Nov 13, 2020

Black gold, soil, compost...whaaaat? 

What is Composting all about? 

In a nut shell, it's a process that breaks down natural materials at an accelerated rate that brings gold to the garden!  While compost isn't a fertilizer, it greatly reduces the need for one by improving soil fertility & structure.  It adds organic material to your garden, and inoculates the soil with microbial life!  I'm short-changing the benefit list.  For a more in-depth compost experience see our Winter Workshop Bundle!

So how does it work?  Composting uses a combination of microbes, water, air (oxygen), carbon (dead/brown materials), and nitrogen (living/green materials.)  When managed properly, the original ingredients will become unrecognizable upon completion.  

What are carbon examples?  Sticks, straw, saw dust, dried leaves, pine needles.

What are nitrogen examples?  Raw veggies scrapes, yard litter, grass clippings, flowers. ...

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The Garden Boutique

shopping Nov 10, 2020
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Do you love gardens & boutiques?  I've created a shopping experience just for you.
A place where you'll find garden inspiration, energy, and style.
Introducing,  The Garden Boutique. 
Shop now for holiday gifts that don't disappoint.
"Nurturing plants brings the deepest satisfaction I've ever known and now I get to share that energy through apparel, home décor, and more."  Marlena Wolf, CEO
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Winter Strawberry Care

If you and your kids love strawberries as much as mine do, now is the time in Kentucky to prepare your strawberry plants for the winter ahead.
It's best to wait until you've had 3 frosts, or one freeze before renovations begin.  Renovation just means you are maintaining your strawberry beds and plants to maximize productivity year after year.
For June Bearing Strawberries -
For FIRST YEAR plants you'll want to cover them with straw in late fall - usually late November to mid December. Cover them fully to provide protection from extreme cold. This will act as insulation to help moderate the plants temperature.
For established strawberry plants, you would have mowed or clipped the plants back in summer after they quit producing berries, careful not to damage the crowns.  Then cover them with straw mulch in the fall as well.
For Everbearing or Day Neutral Strawberries -
These are typically classified as annuals and don't need...
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Humble Roots

inspiration Oct 30, 2019

Hi!  I’m Marlena Wolf, former farmer and owner of Girl Next Door Farm!  I am a sixth year farmer, inspired by a dream of self-sufficiency, health and environmental advocacy, and a lifestyle similar to many an ancestor.  I was born and raised in the suburbs of Louisville, Kentucky.  But I do have some agricultural roots… My father grew up on a 2100 acre farm with his parents, and grandparents in French Lick, Indiana.  My mama grew up in St. Matthews and Jeffersontown, Kentucky.

My great grandparents, Goldie and William Bolin owned the Castle Knoll Farm in French Lick, Indiana; Orange County.  It was a dairy and hog operation with some row crops.  William’s parents, Philomena and Bennett Bolin, my great great grandparents, farmed out in Brooks, Kentucky; Bullitt County.  Actually, Philomena and her many children ran the farm operation, while Ben worked in a Louisville factory after his military...

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