Homegrown Veggie is a women-owned business helping you grow healthy, organic food In Southern California.
I'm Dana. I grew up with my grandparents in the rural Southeast. Everything we ate we grew in our garden. Southern California is an amazing place to grow vegetables, no matter how small your balcony or how large your yard. As a journalist (my other career), I've covered food and agriculture issues for years. I've been privileged to learn from farmers and gardeners, both urban and rural, about the best techniques to create healthy soil and grow flavorful and nutrient-dense food. I'm the soil and plant geek who wants to teach you to grow.
And I'm Dawn. I grew up Ventura County, CA surrounded by farms. I'm a Fine Arts major and an occasional Chef. I've also worked extensively with my brothers who own landscaping businesses specializing in native plants and garden design. I'm the designer, sketch artist, the one who wants to know what you're planning for dinner... always willing to suggest ways to prepare your homegrown vegetables.
Between the two of us, we have you covered!
What are your raised beds constructed of?
We use heart redwood. It's beautiful, long-lasting, termite and rot resistant, and sustainably farmed. We work with local woodworkers to customize our beds for your landscape.
We also source metal and composite beds in lieu of lumber and offer vertical gardening systems for smaller spaces.
Why grow in raised beds and containers?
Raised garden beds are the perfect environment for organic growing because you get to control the quality and integrity of the soil which allows your vegetables to develop healthy root systems.
Good soil is key to a nutrient-dense and abundant crop of vegetables.
Do you create in-ground beds? Yes, we love helping people grow in-ground. Generally, it's a longer process. We evaluate the existing soil fertility and work to build healthy soil...first, smothering weeds and, then, adding organic materials and minerals to your existing soil.
Healthy soil = healthy plants = healthy people.