The fee will be credited toward garden installation or maintenance.

The initial sales consult includes:

  • Sun exposure analysis - so you know where in your yard or deck you have enough sun to grow part shade crops like salad greens, where you have enough to grow fruiting crops like cucumbers, peppers, and tomatoes, and where you just shouldn't waste your time planting anything!

  • Design discussion - we work together to figure the right design for you. Key considerations include size, spacing, plant supports, serviceability, critter protection, and irrigation.

If you’re interested in getting more from your consult, a coaching consult might be the right choice for you.

Garden Installations: A quote for installation of a new garden can be provided following the consult.

Garden Maintenance

Expert garden maintenance labor is $55 per hour, and includes many materials, such as organic fertilizer and organic pest deterrents.

Seeds and plants costs are installed based on a custom planting plan developed for you based on your selections from our order form. A draft planting plan will be sent for your review and revision prior to installation. Seed and plant costs are simply $2 per square foot planted, regardless of the plant or seed type and quantity that takes up the square foot. For example, one square foot ($2) could be a very dense sowing of lettuce seeds for baby lettuce, or a single lettuce seedling to produce a head of lettuce. Tomatoes and peppers for example take up 4 square feet ($8). Garlic, perennial herbs, and perennial fruiting plants are exceptions due to their relatively higher cost.

Maintenance labor rate includes…


Labor included in hourly rate:

  • soil preparation

  • seed sowing

  • transplanting

  • mulching

  • weeding

  • pruning

  • trellising

  • harvesting

Material costs included in hourly rate:

  • organic pest and disease deterrents

  • organic fertilizer

  • compostable trellis clips to train plants onto supports


If after the initial sales consult you decide that Backyard Eats installation or maintenance is the right solution for you, the $55 fee will be credited toward the work.

Coaching Consults

One-hour coaching consults are $150, and include a soil analysis, and detailed follow-up email.