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ruthE f

Advocate for Insect-friendly gardening & Naturalistic planting. Helpful hand in bed tidying, garden making & weekly chores.
Portland, Oregon
Active 1 day ago
5 years exp.
From 25.00/hour

Reasons to Hire Me

  • Open-minded, creative and patient. Let's make it happen!
  • GM at local community garden. Veggies, annuals & perennials.
  • Committed to help make your garden the best for You..and It!

Gardener in Portland, Oregon

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Helping you achieve your vision for your perfect green space! General tidying and reconfiguration of slightly unruly or missed-one-season mildly messy perennial beds. Establishing a total bee friendly environment to benefit all your plants. Creating a Vegetable Patch that goes beyond the usual wooden rectangle frame design. Embracing working with and for Nature: Insects, Birds, Soil, never against (No to chemicals, Yes to some planned 'untidiness'.) Challenging myths about Weeds, what are true, unwelcome thugs vs manageable interlopers. Accepting what your space can and can not support, and how to then find a way to make it all you want. SLOW gardening practitioner, helping your garden grow and flourish over natural, seasonal cycles. Additionally, provide weekly/monthly attention: watering, lite weeding, harvesting, deadheading, as well as seasonal spot planting, crop turnover, seed collecting and starting. Hand tools only, no hauling, no "yard clearing" of well established weed thugs. Let's talk (and listen) together! 30 - 45 min meet-and-greet/site scouting initial appointment on me! Thereafter, an hourly rate w 3 hour minimum, or a Project-based, bundled fee for weekly/monthly maintenance and longer termed projects. ruthE
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Experience

Residential

Services

Plant care
Planting

Qualifications

Driver's license

Recommendations

Kelly W

RuthE f is such an amazing talent in the garden. She is so creative and loves to get her hands dirty! She appreciates the little things and creates beauty wherever she digs.

Tonya G

I recommend ruthE f as a gardener

Abby T

Ruth has worked to transform our community garden space into an insect and pollinator's paradise! Her creativity in design, use of natural materials, and general plant knowledge is an inspiration. She is a dedicated gardener, advocate, and collaborator. Ruth has turned under-used spaces in our community garden into beautiful gardenscapes that attract not only pollinators, but community members as well. Her eye for design, color and space is a treat to witness!

Clare G

Ruth is fantastic! Very attentive to detail. It's hard to find a gardener that actually knows how to weed. Seems simple, but I've hired a few that just pull the tops off so they grow back right away. Ruth gets out the roots and leaves the bed looking lovely. She also relocated a pretty big rhododendron for me and it's doing great. She took the time to protect the roots and be gentle with it. Again, I've hired people who had no idea how to successfully move a plant, they just rip them up and plunk them in a hole. Ruth obviously understands plants. And she's a lovely person to boot! I highly recommend her!

Linda F

ruthEfox is a very inspiring and enthusiastic gardener. She spent several days with me this past Spring, suggesting plants to purchase, best places on my little property to plant them, and further their care...left me a very handy list of what we'd put in and some suggestions about some plants we didn't have time to place. She really has an a feel for plants...is extremely careful and respectful of them, and passed those feelings on to me!

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