My name is Debra Graff, and I live in the mountains of southwest Virginia. I have been a gardener for over 35 years, and have a degree in organic agriculture. I have trained Master Gardeners in vegetable gardening, and have taught organic gardening at a local college.
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′ raised garden beds, and 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!