My name is Debra Graff, and I have gardened for over 35 years. I am passionate about growing most of my own fresh fruit and year-round vegetables, and I love teaching other people how they can do it, too.
I have a degree in organic agriculture, taught vegetable gardening to Master Gardeners, and organic gardening at a local college.
I have used many types of gardening methods over the years and, in my experience, square foot gardening is the easiest one to use and offers the most benefits. Read Why Use Square Foot Gardening? to learn more about why I now use this method after nearly 30 years of using other gardening methods.
Most of my experience has been with growing organic vegetables in small raised beds. I have grown many types of vegetables, including celeriac, bulb fennel, endive, leeks, and more.
My garden also includes eight varieties of berries and dwarf fruit trees in small 4′ x 4′ or 3′ x 16′ garden beds, along with flowers to attract beneficial insects, butterflies, hummingbirds, and song birds.
I have harvested fresh food every month of the year here in the mountains of southwest Virginia, mostly by using inexpensive unheated cold frames or mini hoop tunnels – though we have recently added an unheated hoop house.
My personal goal is to produce 60-70% of the fruits and vegetables that I eat, and I am almost there. I have recently had to start growing most of my crops in tall raised beds to be able to continue gardening with my increasing disabilities.
I love teaching organic gardening, and sharing my experiences in producing abundant crops of food in small spaces. My goal for this website is to help you learn how to grow abundant crops of organic fruit and year-round vegetables in small spaces.
I hope you find this information helpful. Let me know what else I can do to help you succeed in your own garden!
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9 Ways To Grow More Food in Less Space