The Saturday presentation at Smith & Hawkens was an opportunity for us urban homesteaders to meet readers, supporters, fellow gardeners and answer any and all questions they might have had. Sorry we couldn’t get around to talk with everyone afterwards.

One (of many) such enthusiastic PTF reader approached us afterwards with positive accolades – “it was love at first sight,” he said, referring to the website. Handing us a picture of his garden and saying he “owes his inspiration to us,” one literally had to do a double take! Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery as they say and what an amazing replication – it’s a spitten image alright!  Thanks for sharing Daniel, it was a pleasure chatting with you (and all those who took time to mill around afterwards)

Garden Show Off: Fellow Freedom Gardener’s Vegetable Garden (above) – look familiar?

FYI, some of you local are disappointed of the short notice regarding this event. The reason we didn’t really announce the Smith & Hawken’s appearances till the day before is because Smith & Hawken’s has their own customer mailing list which promoted the speaking event.

Now with a presentation about “Growing Tips” available, if you would like Farmer D of PTF to speak just shoot us an email.

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  1. gina says:

    I just asked permission to tear out the entire backyard and plant all food like you guys and he said “I don’t care if I never see another blade of grass.”

    Now I just need the energy to do it!

  2. Stacy says:

    Thanks again for inviting us – it was wonderful to finally get to hear Farmer D speak in person even if I didn’t have the time to meet you all afterward. I regret not being on the ball enough that morning to remember to bring you some of last year’s plum jam (this year’s crop is going to hit me this week and next) as a thank you for all the info and inspiration. I’ll have to drop some by sometime en route to visiting the in-laws in Altadena.

  3. ~~Melissa says:

    I’m wondering what type of wood you use for the raised beds? And, while I’m asking, what the containers are that you use for growing potatoes (as seen in the recent CNN piece)?

  4. Chicago Mike says:

    @gina – Just having done a lot of lawn killing, I would offer a few suggestions. Digging sod is the hardest gardening work there is. No joke. I would rather carry rocks uphill in bare feet…but…you have to get it done somehow.

    I know this may be unpopular on this site, but my impatience got the better of me after day after day of doing this by hand and I rented a sod cutter. All I have to say is WOW.

    The other advantage is that it doesn’t give anyone a chance to change their mind.

    I was also lucky that we are trying to guide some drainage in a particular way with a berm, so after knocking off the soil I could get off, the rest got piled to start the berm.

    Congrats and good luck.

  5. Dan says:

    It was great talking with You, Jules and Jordanne. I’m flattered to be included in your website. I have a long way to go but I have some great trailblazers ahead of me. I joined your Freedom Gardners website (SoCal Dan) and posted some additional pics there.

  6. Anais says:

    Gina – good for you. Welcome to the yard liberation army. Folks who are growing food not grass.

    Stacy – thanks for coming to the presentation at Smith & Hawkens. I’ll pass onto Farmer D your positive comments. He’ll appreciate it because during the presentation he was battling an inflammed ear so it made if very difficult for him to hear and to concentrate.

    We’d love to barter some Jam. Give us a holler ok!

    Melissa – for years we used plywood (cut into strips) but they finally rotted. So we are replacing them with cheap and inexpensive douglas fir that we cover in biodegradable orange oil

    Chicago Mike – well, sometimes you have to bring in the big guns to get a job done – right?

    What we did is smother the entire lawn under layers of newspaper and mulch. So no heavy machinery was required – just patience.

    Wishing you all the best in your growing efforts.

    Dan – very nice to have met you too. Thank you for you kind and generous support. We appreciate it – really helps us with our efforts such as Freedom Gardens. Glad you’ve enlisted!

    Happy gardening!

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