Oct 06

Sundays in the Garden with – Y’all

It was a few years ago on Facebook that some gardeners and I were talking about different problems in the garden. The conversation went from pests to frosts to not enough room to the difficulties that come with aging- namely how much harder getting down on the ground, and even worse, getting back up, becomes.

We talked about row covers and low tunnels, cloching and cold frames to add to the season and all kinds of barriers to keep out the deer and other critters.

Growing up.

Growing up.

A few of the gardeners in more urban settings commented that these things are all well and good if you have a large garden, or if you don't live in a HOA. But what about the urban and suburban gardener, what's out there for them?

As A Geek (and proud of it) I love to solve a problem, so set about designing a gardening system that could answer that need.

Really, I should probably just learn to knit.

Instead Mandolin and I went back and forth with the design, hammering (literally) out issues and finding alternative solutions.

What we got was far more effective than we even anticipated.
Without going into too much detail, suffice it to say that we did not have even one tomato attacked by anything, grew carrots without fear of rabbit invasions, and even grew squash and melons vertically.
The only critter issues we had at all were in the old garden area.

Bite free tomatoes.

Bite free tomatoes.

We spent little time weeding with the new system and had tomatoes and green beans a good month before anyone else around here.
And we'll keep getting tomatoes for weeks after the frost takes out all the other gardeners' plants.
All of this in a relatively small amount of space.

So what does this have to do with y'all?
We need your 2 cents.

We were told we need a market survey if this is ever going to become an actual product, and well, we're just regular working stiffs and really cannot afford to hire a professional.
So we are turning to the people that matter the most- you.

If you would take a minute to fill out the survey at the end of this post, we would greatly appreciate it!
Once you are done, please just leave a comment below to let us know.

July 6- tomato. Really really.

July 6- tomatoes. Really really.

We were given, between the two of us, three $25 gift cards valid in the US. We will let the online randomizer choose one person who fills out the survey and leaves a comment to win a gift card.

Because we want to get as much feedback as possible, we will also randomly choose another person who Tweets this link and mentions Gardening Jones in their tweet.

The third gift card will go to another wonderful individual who shares this link on Facebook, again mentioning Gardening Jones. That way we will get the message that you shared.

If any of the names chosen are outside the US, we have a few wonderful gardening books we will give instead.

Thanks y'all so much for your help, for stopping by the blog, and for being a part of our gardening lives!

Rest assured we will never share your name or email address with anyone else. Heck, we wouldn't want anyone to do that to us either!
The contest part ends on Oct. 31st.
Here's the short survey, please only hit Submit when you are finished:

Are you a vegetable gardener?

How would you describe the size of your garden?

What type of area do you live in?

Have you had a problem with any large pests, including deer, rabbits, groundhogs, neighborhood cats, squirrels? Please choose all that apply, and feel free to add others in.

Have you had an issue with bad bugs such as aphids, squash beetles, Colorado potato beetles, tomato horn worms and the like? Please choose all that apply and feel free to add more in.

How much money would you estimate you spend on pesticides, whether organic or not, each growing season? Please type in your response here -->
How much do you think you have spent on large critter deterrents, including fencing and repellents? Please type in your response here -->
What is/are the main reason(s) you garden? Please check all that apply and add in your own reason(s) if you want to.

As a gardener, how would you describe your enthusiasm?

Have you ever used an Earthbox? If yes, do you still? If no, why not?

If you are not a gardener, why not?

For everyone: If you could purchase a gardening system that took up only a 4 ft. by 4 ft., space, was 5 ft. tall, and could: a. protect your produce from most pests b. extend your season in cool areas c. practically eliminate the need to weed d. help prevent damage from high winds, hail, and even excess rain e. double your harvest f. help you grow vertically Would you be interested? Note that the system would be non-intrusive visually and could be put on any level surface including a parking lot or driveway.

If this system were to cost $299-$399, and would last practically forever, would you consider it? Keep in mind it would pay for itself many times over.

Last but not least, how did you hear about Gardening Jones? Please check all that apply and add your own if we missed an option.

Thank you for completing this survey. Your input means a great deal to us! There are a few bugs with this survey thing, so to play it safe, please enter your email address, in case you win! Please put it here -->

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    • gj on October 13, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    Squirrels took out 20% of our tomatoes just 2 years ago, seriously. They are cute, but heck! Thanks for doing the survey Patty, it will help us a lot!

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    • gj on October 13, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    Debi We have already decided to cut our profit in an attempt to keep the price low- our main goal has always been to help other gardeners.
    We have lost so much produce to the ‘wildlife’ and would rather see other gardeners not have to deal with that!
    We are hoping that the redesign will prove to pay for itself the same way our original prototype did.
    Fingers crossed!

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    • Karen McM on October 13, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    I also took the survey and am looking forward to more info. In the mean while Im passing this along on FB as well. Thanks GJ ♥

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    • gj on October 13, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    Thanks Karen!

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    • Ellen O. Bender on October 13, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    Answered the survey… wondering how your product will compare to the “Grow Camp” I am currently using…

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    • Sheila on October 13, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    Looking forward to additional info!!!

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    • stephenie hawn on October 13, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    debi posted on fb, so i followed the link. i had never heard of this product or the other things ppl mentioned, so very interested.

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    • gj on October 14, 2013 at 7:51 am

    Thanks Sheila- we are as well, waiting on the final CAD drawings!

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    • gj on October 14, 2013 at 7:53 am

    Hi Ellen! You are the first person to mention using the Grow Camp. Although some of the idea is similar, our system is taller, you can get more veggies in the same amount of space, and it allows more opportunity for critter protection, as well as better plastic to extend the season. I also expect it to be less expensive, but last longer. The price part we are still waiting to learn as the final specs come in. One more benefit- it will be made in America. :-)

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    • gj on October 14, 2013 at 8:00 am

    I’m glad Debi shared! The product is not available yet. My husband and I built a few ourselves from wood, and tested then the last 2 years. They worked better than we expected! Now they are being redesigned to be made of plastic, easy to assemble and use, and still have the solutions to all the gardening issues we and so many other gardeners deal with. Best of all, they will be made right here in the US!

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    • Karen McM on October 14, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    Oh My Gosh..all that you are and INVENTERS too! dang girl Im loving this more and more and MADE in the good ole USA!!

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    • gj on October 15, 2013 at 6:29 am

    :-) You’re too kind.

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    • michele on October 20, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    I’m new to the web, but not gardening. I enjoy all the aspects of your lovely site. I must thank you for all the work you do to bring us all the beauty, experiences, & advice you have! Looking forward to my second season reading!

  1. not sure if i left a statement ( here ) but i filled the survey when was first posted — to read everything and learn new ideas and just feeling like we’re one big family and no question is a stupid question is the best feeling when joined this group along with the perks of sprout and all the funny shenanigans — good luck to all and thanks for this opportunity–

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    • gj on October 29, 2013 at 6:22 am

    Thanks Cheryl!

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    • Kim on October 29, 2013 at 8:17 am

    I garden because of Gardening Jones. I am expanding now for the third time this spring. There is nothing quite like it!It is a daily adventure and the harvest you reap, whether it be 5 onions or 12 tomatoes, it is so self satisfying.

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    • gj on October 31, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    Thank you so much Kim, and I so agree- it’s one of the best ways to spend your free time!

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