What is edible landscaping? | www.wbir.com

With grocery prices rising, growing your own food could leave more money in your pocket. A Knoxville man is helping people do just that.

Knoxville, Tenn. – An East Tennessee man known online as the “Garden Guy” is on a mission to help people grow their own food.

Benj Meeks is an Edible Landscaper based in Knoxville.

“I really love taking the beauty that’s already in nature and bringing it into people’s homes,” Meeks said.

Meeks teaches his clients how to grow their own fruits and vegetables using the space they have. This includes backyards, front yards, porches, and even window sills.

“My slogan is, ‘I help people take their available space and direct it into beautiful, fruitful abundance,'” Meeks explained.

Most people can use the general landscape that exists around their property. “If they can find little niches in their landscape where they can put a blueberry or a raspberry bush, they’re not adding a lot of extra work,” Meeks said.

Not only does this give people direct access to nutritious, unprocessed foods, Meeks says, but it can also help them save money on groceries in the long run.

For example, organic heirloom tomatoes currently average between $4 and $5 per pound.

Meeks buys a tomato plant for 50 cents.

From this plant he grows an average of 20-30 tomatoes or 10 lbs.

That’s about $40 to $50 worth of tomatoes. Sometimes this plant can grow even more.

Saving money isn’t the only benefit of growing fresh fruits and vegetables.

Meeks has seen his clients reap internal benefits from growing their own food.

“There’s something that happens to your heart, every time you garden and get your hands dirty and get a little bit into the ground. A lot of people have a lot of healing that happens, whether it’s either emotional trauma or whatever else happened,” Meeks said.

Meeks offers free gardening tips and tutorials on his YouTube channel.

For those who want hands-on guidance in East Tennessee, Meeks offers packages starting at $150 through his company GardenGuy Edible Landscape & Design.

Comments are closed.