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Anyone ever been asked to care for a vegi garden?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by hotwater, Aug 12, 2010.

  1. hotwater

    hotwater LawnSite Member
    Messages: 77

    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:
  2. Lefet

    Lefet LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,887

    Have never been asked and probably would refuse due to the fact that my OWN garden has been neglected this year.
  3. hotwater

    hotwater LawnSite Member
    Messages: 77

    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
  4. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    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.
  5. hotwater

    hotwater LawnSite Member
    Messages: 77

    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:
  6. Will P.C.

    Will P.C. LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 966

    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.
  7. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    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.
  8. hotwater

    hotwater LawnSite Member
    Messages: 77

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

    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?
  9. Think Green

    Think Green LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,746

    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.
  10. Will P.C.

    Will P.C. LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 966

    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.

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