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This is why our soil is the best.

18 Mar
These chickens are "free-ranging" in my barn.

These chickens are “free-ranging” in my barn, and dropping nitrogen to be converted into your compost.

This is my 35 gallons of homemade biochar

35 gallons of homemade biochar.

The gray worm bin is placed atop the black bin. The black bin contains 4 bricks on top of newspaper. The vermacompost tea is absorbed by the news paper, and placed back on top of the compost in the gray bin.

The perforated gray worm bin is placed insidethe black bin. The black bin contains 4 bricks on top of newspaper. The vermacompost tea is absorbed by the news paper, and placed back on top of the compost in the gray bin.

The vermacompost is removed from the covered bin and first scooped into the red basket (w/ larger holes) just above the black carrier (w/ smaller holes). I first shake the red one until I'm left with larger clumps and dump them back into the original grey container. I then sift the smaller granules out of the black carrier, leaving the worm castings (and some worms) in the large blue bin.

The vermacompost is removed from the covered bin and first scooped into the red basket (w/ larger holes) just above the black carrier (w/ smaller holes). I first shake the red one until I’m left with larger clumps and dump them back into the original gray container. I then sift the smaller granules out of the black carrier, leaving the worm castings (and some worms) in the large blue bin.

This is filled with red wigglers worms, and kitchen scraps.

This is filled with red wigglers worms, and kitchen scraps.

I think that one of the best ways to market is to educate. I’m not going to tell you to buy something you don’t think you need or want; however, I can show you why you should. I stand by our product, BioCharged, because I make it. As depicted in the pictures, it’s produced in my humble basement, right next to my furnace. My biochar kiln sits in my back yard, and reportedly looks like a distillery of sorts.

Mixing the biochar and vermacompost creates the most ideal soil additive available. It’s organic, houses a plethora of microbial activity, keeps nutrients in your soil, holds moisture, removes impurities, and has appreciable carbon sequestration value.

In our raised beds, we mix peat moss, vermiculite, and compost. Click the link to find out how much and why. Once that combination is mixed evenly, we add our additive, biocharged. Use one 5-gallon bucket for a 4’X8′ raised bed.

Our soil blend is the most expensive part of our raised bed production. It is also the most crucial. Our goal is to ensure you not only begin gardening, but also succeed. Having the best soil possible is going to increase your food production and decrease your maintenance: less watering and weeding–more picking and eating. When you buy a raised bed from Avalon, your purchase can pay for itself in a few years with a little planning and attention.

If you ever have any questions, please contact us. We want your business, and more importantly, we want to see NW Ohio get healthier, smarter, and prettier.

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Our Vision

10 Jan

Hello! Welcome to Avalon’s Blog. We will be using this site as a source for our customers to keep up to date on our happenings, and to help you succeed in your gardening endeavors. However, today our entry will be about our hopes and vision for the future of our business, and hopefully landscaping in Toledo. We hope you enjoy, and don’t find our musings too insane:)

Since 2008, we (Avalon) have provided lawn care, snow removal, and many other services for our customers. While that work has been appreciated and will continue to be succeed, we felt a need to serve our customers in a more profound way. Our desire is to help turn your yard into an aesthetically pleasing edible paradise. When you can know that you can provide for your family if the grocery store closed; or the power went out; or we couldn’t pump gas–then we will have accomplished our mission. (Deep inhale… exhale… “baby steps.”)

It’s no secret that many businesses have met some pretty serious economic setbacks in the past several years, especially in NW Ohio. When you couple that with a practically snow-less winter in 2011-2012, Avalon saw a need to employ a business model that would flourish in times of economic hardship. This year we have decided to focus on installing raised beds for our customers. Of course, we will do our best to meet any request of our customers, but in the interest of managing growth, we decided to keep the list of our products and services as short as possible. (Take a look at this video, and you will see how quickly food production can move from being a hobby to a life style.)

Here is an example of a 4’x12′ raised bed Scott installed last year. Jack Sorelle garden bed

Another key part of Avalon’s Sustainability effort is to work with some non-profits in South Toledo (South Toledo Community Center, Seagate Food Bank, and Sofia Quintero Arts and Cultural Center) about one day a week for 8 months a year. The goal in our effort is to help feed their hungry neighbors, and more importantly teach them how to grow, prepare, and preserve their own food. We strive to keep the needs of others at the forefront of our minds: to serve everyone as though we are serving the One(s) we love. Jesus said it best: “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”

For an opportunity to join us in that effort, feel free to call or text any time.

~scott~

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