Growing what you Eat & Use in your life
Imagine coming home from work exhausted, and instead of having to fight traffic and lines at the checkout counter, you grab your food on the journey from your car to your kitchen. By planting a mixture of fruit trees, vegetables, herbs and perennials, we ensure a variety of food throughout the year. GrownHome also utilizes a practice from permaculture – the design science of sustainability – called guilds; by pairing companion plants and creating a diversity of plants that deter pests and attract beneficial predators, your garden stays healthy and low maintenance.
Growing Your Investment
We empower you to grow and invest in the future by not only helping you to select a variety of fruit trees that are delicious to you, but also can be a cash crop if you so desire. In addition to fruit, there are several types of bamboo, hardwood, and other specialty plants and trees that can be an investment that is guaranteed to pay-off regardless of the stock market. In fact, due to the over-specialization of certain types of woods, and the de-localization of many lumbers, your investment may be one of the few living species that could help reforest your locale. If financial gain is not your standard for measuring wealth, you can rejoice in the abundance of food & lumber available to share with your family, friends, and neighbors and the long-term gift you have grown for your kids & grandchildren.
Composting & Mulch
By converting your waste into a resource, you can save yourself money and improve your soil. Foods scraps, organic waste, paper, yard waste and creative re-use of materials can reduce the load in your garbage can and improve the aesthetic of your landscaping and increase the quality of your food. We provide an array of solutions which make composting easy and are custom-tailored to your needs and lifestyle. Whether you are interested in installing an under-the-sink electric composter, want to be guided on how to build your own compost bin, or start worm composting with a worm bin, we can point you in the right direction.
How To Compost
You can start composting today. Save your food scraps & organic waste, mix them in with newspaper, leaves, grass clippings or other yard waste, and combine them all together. Of course, there is a certain ratio of carbon (leaves, paper) to nitrogen (food scraps, wet green waste) of about 25:1. And though there’s plenty of online resources for composting, we want to start you off with this simple and short free composting booklet compiled by some of our friends at the City of Santa Barbara.
Free Mulching Tips
Many cities now provide a special bin for yard waste. While this is a great step in the direction of keeping organic material out of the landfill, its a step backwards for the health of your landscape. Instead of sending leaves off property, keep them under your tree. Sometimes an attractive wood, rock, other creative barrier helps to keep things aesthetically tidy. Avoid piling leaves into a large volcano-shaped cone; trees and other plants prefer their mulch spread out over their root zone, which extends a bit past the drip line. Another great source for (often) free mulch is arborists or tree trimmers. Most companies are happy to unload their truck in your driveway rather than haul it back to their yard. Be prepared to receive between 1 and 3 cubic yards – which is a lot of mulch, but can often be put to great use throughout the landscape. Contact your local tree trimmer for details.