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hotwater
08-12-2010, 03:47 PM
I was out cutting some grass at an account that I have and the neighbor asked if I could take a look at her vegi garden when I'm finished. Right off I knew the owner of the property I was at must have told her how I helped her with hers.

When I looked at her garden I noticed what could be nutrient deficiencies. We talked for a while and I told her what she could do. At the end of the conversation she asked if I offer a service to take care of vegi gardens. I've thought about this, but figured that most people take care of their own vegi's.
Have any of you ever been asked or offer this type of service? I thought about charging her for advice and let her do the work. :confused:

Lefet
08-12-2010, 04:12 PM
Have never been asked and probably would refuse due to the fact that my OWN garden has been neglected this year.

hotwater
08-12-2010, 05:37 PM
Have never been asked and probably would refuse due to the fact that my OWN garden has been neglected this year.

LOL...I have a pretty large garden myself. I have to admit that it's very hard to come home and take care of my own after working hard all day. I let the neighbors kid cut my yard! LOL

Smallaxe
08-12-2010, 05:50 PM
I have had combination flower/shrub/veggies all under one roof. If it is something I would like to do, then I do. If I don't like the setup or the people, then, no.

hotwater
08-13-2010, 10:17 AM
I have had combination flower/shrub/veggies all under one roof. If it is something I would like to do, then I do. If I don't like the setup or the people, then, no.

I understand 100%. Had a call yesterday evening, I was to return the call once I worked them into my schedule. Called back and got a voice mail of a 60 second rap song...then the boyfriend calls me back asking why I was calling his girlfriends phone! If the dumb fool would have listened to what I said when I picked the phone up he would have known it was a call from a business!
She called me back at 10:00pm! I told her that I didn't have room in my schedule.:nono:

Will P.C.
08-13-2010, 09:50 PM
Probably something you should stay out of.


A garden is daily task, and if they are too lazy to commit to this then they should not have a garden in the first place. You are setting yourself up for people calling saying you killed their garden and they demand you replace 60 veggie plants.

Smallaxe
08-14-2010, 08:57 AM
Probably something you should stay out of.


A garden is daily task, and if they are too lazy to commit to this then they should not have a garden in the first place. You are setting yourself up for people calling saying you killed their garden and they demand you replace 60 veggie plants.

The most intense it ever got for me was , weekly tilling/weeding. I also did the planting and fall cleanup. Never took responsibility for water or fert.
It is fun, in the right environment, but only if you enjoy gardening.

hotwater
08-14-2010, 09:30 AM
The most intense it ever got for me was , weekly tilling/weeding. I also did the planting and fall cleanup. Never took responsibility for water or fert.
It is fun, in the right environment, but only if you enjoy gardening.

I do enjoy gardening, and thats why I thought about doing it. Still thinking though...lol



Probably something you should stay out of.


A garden is daily task, and if they are too lazy to commit to this then they should not have a garden in the first place. You are setting yourself up for people calling saying you killed their garden and they demand you replace 60 veggie plants.

You are right about it being a daily task. I told this to the woman and she said money wasn't a problem. I have a large garden of my own that I've had for years and feel confident in my ability to grow. I don't think it's a matter of her being lazy, I just think that she wants fresh produce and really don't know what she's doing. I just figured out of all the people on here, someone must have tried this before?

Think Green
08-14-2010, 12:06 PM
HotWater,
Definitely don't have the time nor the manpower to send on garden trips. It is unforgiving that a person plant a garden and then can't keep it up.............summer heat is the obvious reason. Daily monitoring for insect damage, watering, and weed elimination is always needed. Just isn't feasible for hourly charges.

Will P.C.
08-14-2010, 06:01 PM
Pulling weeds and tilling are def plausible options as I have done this in the past for many people. I have also thrown some veggies into the soil and potted plants for people. It is pretty good money.

Fert, Pest, Fungi, Water are all things to stay away from IMO. That is what I was referring to in my previous post.

hotwater
08-15-2010, 08:46 AM
Pulling weeds and tilling are def plausible options as I have done this in the past for many people. I have also thrown some veggies into the soil and potted plants for people. It is pretty good money.

Fert, Pest, Fungi, Water are all things to stay away from IMO. That is what I was referring to in my previous post.

Oh okay Will, thanks for your advice. And thanks to everyone else who commented.

I spoke to the woman yesterday and told her that I'd have to pass on the upkeep of the garden, but I would be willing to give her advice. She was happy with that. She started asking about landscaping, so I'm glad I passed on the garden!

terrapro
08-15-2010, 10:44 AM
Yes we do that. In the spring we clean up the garden, rototill, ammend when needed, and set up the garden for the customer. Then we will do a cleanup in the fall.

All the customers are different. Sometimes we plant the veggies after the spring prep and never come back. Sometimes we just do the prep. Sometimes we do it all and do monthly visits to help on upkeep and they take care of the rest.

Stillwater
08-15-2010, 11:50 AM
I was out cutting some grass at an account that I have and the neighbor asked if I could take a look at her vegi garden when I'm finished. Right off I knew the owner of the property I was at must have told her how I helped her with hers.

When I looked at her garden I noticed what could be nutrient deficiencies. We talked for a while and I told her what she could do. At the end of the conversation she asked if I offer a service to take care of vegi gardens. I've thought about this, but figured that most people take care of their own vegi's.
Have any of you ever been asked or offer this type of service? I thought about charging her for advice and let her do the work. :confused:

We start up veg gardens and regularly take care of a few just like we would with landscape. We get phone calls all the time about veg issues. We also open and close summer homes and winterize outdoor spas, shut down water features and blow out irragation and over winter water plantings and fish. I never charge a regular customer for phone call tech support.

Will P.C.
08-15-2010, 03:47 PM
Charging for advice to the average h/o is not ethical in my book. It rubs people the wrong way and their are plenty of other guys who will talk for free. You could risk losing a customer over this.

terrapro
08-15-2010, 05:37 PM
Charging for advice to the average h/o is not ethical in my book. It rubs people the wrong way and their are plenty of other guys who will talk for free. You could risk losing a customer over this.

What!? It is called consulting, I do it ALL the time. It is my intellectual property and I do not share that for free.

Are you telling me that if a customer comes out to ask you something while you are on their time you stop the clock to talk?

Stillwater
08-15-2010, 07:04 PM
rut-row another lawnsite argument brewing

hotwater
08-15-2010, 07:27 PM
Charging for advice to the average h/o is not ethical in my book. It rubs people the wrong way and their are plenty of other guys who will talk for free. You could risk losing a customer over this.


I offered support for a fee before she became a customer. Now that I have her as a customer I'm not going to charge her. I couldn't do that for a short conversation.
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Will P.C.
08-15-2010, 10:14 PM
What!? It is called consulting, I do it ALL the time. It is my intellectual property and I do not share that for free.

Are you telling me that if a customer comes out to ask you something while you are on their time you stop the clock to talk?

A little bit of confusion here. I am talking about a brief 'phone' conversation pointing her to some websites and basic knowledge.

Under certain situations is is very appropriate to charge a fee, and I do it all the time. However, not for a 3-5 minute phone talk.

Stillwater
08-15-2010, 11:08 PM
ring.... hello.... Hi That paver patio looks beautiful you guys did such a nice job thank you. I am calling about our tomatoes they are cracking as they ripen what could be wrong.....

Well the most common cause for that is irregular watering mulch around the plants and keep evenly watered...

Thank you so much your wonderful thank you.....

that will be 17 dollars please.....

Fine Gardens Landscaping
08-18-2010, 04:38 PM
Obviously it wouldn't make financial sense for her to do pay you lots of money to maintain her vegetable garden but the woman said money wasn't a problem. This sounds like an ideal customer. Why not tell her your hourly rate and give her an idea of how many hours a week you'll need to be there and let her decide if it makes sense for her financially.

If she is interested in learning about gardening you could invite her to help you. Then she'll be capable of doing some of it herself and you could maybe drop to less frequent visits later if she's going to pitch in. You could also install an irrigation system at some point to do the bulk of the watering. Then visit a couple times a week and do some additional hand watering and tending to things.