Helping Nature Heal Organic Gardening Services
Spring: clean-up, bed preparation, planting, transplanting, dividing, large transplants
Summer: harvesting ,watering, feeding, weeding, dead-heading, pruning
Fall: harvesting & clean-up, seed saving, bulb planting, cutting back, winterizing
Winter: storm check-up & damage control
"I trust we will be able to help you achieve your goals."
- Rosmarie Lohnes
Greg Lohnes is creating a wildflower meadow - photo below, right,
shows part of a wildflower meadow HNH designed and planted a few
Soil is made up of billions of organisms living together functioning as a complete unit, from micro-organisms,
fungi, bacteria, nematodes, worms, beetles, salamanders, frogs, snakes - life's variety is endless!
Good Soil + Good Plants + Maintenance = Happy Healthy Environment
To have a thriving bountiful garden, landscape and ecosystem, we must respect the soil. Rosmarie Lohnes begins the new
garden or landscape by taking
soil samples from the site. Assessing the existing soil structure first allows her to prescribe a recipe from
which the landscape can be built.
"Rarely do we dig into the earth (no-till)," she notes, "instead we build landscapes up from the existing site.
It is reasonable and practical not to disturb any
existing structure - even native soil structures are lacking in many nutrients and depth. Natural soil
structure is built in layers so we mimic this layering effect with specialized
soil mixes, manures of various types, mulches, wood fibre mixes . . . The choice and amounts depend on what the soil structure
lacks, and what is needed by the client's favourite plants."
Build a healthy soil structure for optimum health, vigour and
resilience of the plants. Soil is the most important part of the environment - it is the garden's
"We can't expect too much," says Rosmarie. "A nursery-grown plant transferred from its nice cushy greenhouse life
to a wind-swept oceanside garden, or one that is transplanted from a gentle setting to wild coastal conditions, won't thrive -
or even survive - the first winter without good care: proper soil structure specific to that species,
balanced nutrients, regular feeding, layers for insulation, mulch for erosion protection, and
seasonal preparations, i.e. winterizing... otherwise, plain and simple, the plants won't make it."
Plants, plants, plants!
We grow by request: vegetable transplants, herbs, perennials, shrubs and trees, native species trees
and heritage perennials and shrubs;
We utilize local nurseries for best selection and price;
We grow from seed, cutting and seedling
From left: Herb garden by Helping Nature Heal, pink-popping roses by HNH, and the transformation of sod into a
lovely patch of rich earth by HNH.
Helping Nature Heal builds the soil to suit the location, the type of plant we want to live there, and the
We assess the landscape as it exists, noting all areas which have been disturbed during construction or
We establish a Client Wish List based on our design questionnaire;
We develop a plan which best reaches both requirements, that of the land and that of the human while
respecting the environment, the existing conditions, neighbouring system and the history of the place.
Perpetual Veggie Beds!
HNH ensures your garden is at peak condition so your beds are full and ready to harvest throughout the season
Preparing the ground for planting - the Helping Nature Heal way
From left: the soil is built up for the first 12," next a layer of manure/wood fibre 2 - 12"
depending on requirements of plants and existing soil structure, finally a top layer of mulch 2 - 6" is applied.
Now that the ground is carefully prepared, it's time to plant . . . then enjoy
Helping Nature Heal rock gardens