For those who live in urban locations and want to garden for better tasting, higher quality and safe food, or to save money on groceries, My Garden System has the answer for you! We’ve designed a 3-foot long system that can be used indoors or placed on a balcony or rooftop for growing your own vegetables, herbs, flowers or fruits. There are five configurations just like our larger 5’5″ systems – designed for different plant types (you can look at the Plan Build Grow tab to figure out which system meets your gardening needs). Below is a picture showing the size of a typical system.
My Garden System (MGS) was designed to save space while helping gardeners enjoy the art of gardening. Depending on the configuration of the system, you can produce up to 25 feet of vegetables, herbs, flowers or fruits in a space that is less than 6′ long and 3′ wide. Our systems reduce the amount of digging, planting, bending, weeding, and watering while also saving space. MGS products are Made in America and our mission is to make gardening easy and sustainable through use of less soil, less water and using 100% recyclable materials. MGS products can be used indoors during the winter or stored until the following planting season. Our channels have a fabric liner that wicks water out of the soil when it is too wet and maintains moisture around the soil to maximize plant root health.
In April 2010, the first prototype for My Garden System was built on my daughter’s snow covered basketball court. It was transported to our blueberry farm in mid-April by hay wagon express—a scene that reminded me of a carnival travelling during winter. It was still snowing in late April when we began to hand-plant the strawberries. With frozen fingers, my mother-in-law Sylvia Loghry and I planted 150 plants in the channels.
Once the blossoms appeared, an excellent lesson was learned…always trust the experts. My idea of this system was emailed to Marvin Pritts, Cornell University Small Fruits genius, and Tim Nourse of Nourse Nurseries. Both felt the concept was of interest and the best way to begin was to try a small model. They advised that we develop a proper soil mixture, which we created via trial and error. Tim Nourse recommended three varieties of strawberries: SeaScapes, Ev2, and Mara de Bois. Our first year of production yielded well over 65 pounds of strawberries. We have thoroughly enjoyed these strawberries that smell and taste like summer and have made “Strawberry Jam 2010” from the October 2010 harvest.
After learning so much from this strawberry adventure, I developed a passion for the therapeutic process of growing these strawberry jewels in “La Masion de Fraise” (aka “Strawberry House”).
What started as a strawberry experiment has changed over the past two years into the desire to make a commercially available system that makes gardening easy in any location by reducing weeding, bending, digging and watering. As the final design has developed, our focus has also been to make sure that those who are challenged by the use of a wheelchair or have difficulty bending can also enjoy gardening. My Garden System was designed to provide the joy of gardening for everyone – no matter your age or where you live or what you like to grow.
Prior to going to market with My Garden System, many vegetables, herbs and flowers were tested (mostly from seeds, but some were from purchased plants) in various prototype versions of My Garden System. The testing process resulted in us knowing the right materials and sizes for building the channels to maximize root and plant health.
Below are several photographs taken during the testing phase. We found that the productivity of the plants in My Garden System was greater than plants grown from the ground. Why? Less competition from weeds for nutrients, fewer pests and diseases that destroy root systems and soil that is surrounded by a system that warms up sooner than ground dirt and maintains moisture with wicking fabric and mulch. In the Spring of 2012, Cornell University students will be testing My Garden System as well to measure results and productivity independently. We look forward to sharing their results.
Herbs and Flowers
Romaine and Lettuce