I’ve kept a vegetable garden everywhere I’ve lived as a “grown-up”, from neat container gardens in apartment driveways, to rambling plantings in my first house’s sloping backyard.

Guess I come by it honest: my maiden name is “Tiller”. Yep, that name, plus I grew up with a dad who always managed to find a sunny spot for a garden wherever we lived, and managed to grow awesome veggies for us and neighbors too.  He’s always got a huge garden going, complemented with bee hives.

Dad tilling up our back yard circa 1979

Dad, me, and Silver Queen corn

I’ve now ventured into raised-bed gardening….in my front yard, one mile from downtown Asheville.

I’m interested in how much food I can grow in a limited space. I’m also keen on involving our kids in the adventure of growing some of our own food.    Last summer was a successful beginning….


7 responses to “About

  1. Helen Johnson

    February 3, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    Oh my goodness! This is my new favorite blog!!!!

  2. Alsace Walentine

    April 4, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    Hey Tricia,
    I met you yesterday in my front yard (well, I was the one on the porch– you met Candice in the yard). I was walking my dogs looking at all the urban gardening today and I realized I should have told you: I’m the author events coordinator for Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe and we have an author scheduled for this Thursday at 7pm: Extension Agent, Toby Bost. He has an excellent new book out called The Successful Gardener Guide, NC. It’s a free talk and Q & A. Here’s a link:

    It was nice to meet you and your blog is great! I’m looking forward to reading more posts.


  3. Lindsey

    November 21, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    Love your blog! We are venturing into gardening for the first time… raised beds in our front yard this fall with more to come next spring. Can’t wait to read more. Could use a tad more green in my thumb:)

  4. Helen Simmons

    December 26, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    I’d really like to get a bee suit for my daughter Can you tell me where you got the suit for your 4 year old
    Many thanks

    • ashevilleyardfarmer

      December 31, 2011 at 5:05 pm

      Hi Helen —

      Are you in England? You can google child’s beekeeping suits and there are a couple of places in GB that sell them. I bought one of mine online here in the states, and another from my friend’s beekeeping supply store nearby. His website is:

  5. james

    June 4, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    Wow. Hey.. came across your site looking for worms! !! Herrons is too far
    ..could dropship??
    .know any closer? I have been blessed with a sunny spot. Fenced in to keep out the groundhogs .. at the asheville public.t.a.p…on clingman..I (we) got. A late start fence was finished one week ago. Garden is 6 days old! It is amazing come by and bring a gift!! I am james 8283018663″

    • ashevilleyardfarmer

      June 5, 2012 at 9:38 am

      Hey! Give James Magee a call if you’re looking for composting worms. He’s just off Riceville Rd (about 5 mins from downtown). He sells by appt. only so call first. That’s where I got my worms and they are doing great!

      Best of luck with your new spot at the TAP! That’s some good flat dirt and you’ve got good southern exposure too, right?


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