Organic Garden Consulting and Design
in the San Francisco Bay Area

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Steve in the Tomato Temple
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Steve Masley

  • Organic Vegetable Gardening

  • Organic Container Gardening

  • Edible Landscape Design

  • Organic Garden Troubleshooting

  • Composting Systems

In organic gardens, so much depends on how you start out. I can help you avoid mistakes that cause a lot of wasted effort and headache down the road. It’s so much easier if you get it right the first time.

If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, I am available as an organic garden consultant to help you get started growing fruits, vegetables, flowers, and herbs organically. With over 25 years experience growing organically in multiple Bay Area microclimates, I’ve seen many of the problems you're likely to encounter and can help you avoid them.

Raised Bed Vegetable Garden
Italian Leaf Broccoli and Lettuces
Growing in a Raised Garden Bed

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I often work with landscape architects and designers who are great with conventional landscape plants, but have limited knowledge and experience with vegetable gardens.

They know nothing about crop rotation, they install irrigation systems designed for shrubs that are cumbersome in vegetable beds, they make beds that are too wide and create back strain, and they rarely take into consideration the movement of the sun through the year when orienting raised beds.

With my input early in the process, they avoid design errors that limit the garden's productivity or make it harder to take care of. Since I maintain organic gardens, my emphasis is on creating productive and easy-to-maintain organic gardens tailored to the client's specific needs.

Once your garden is in, I can plant and maintain it, or teach you what needs to be done and how to do it. I work with a lot of kids, teaching them how plants grow, the basics of composting, how beneficial insects keep pests in check, and where their food comes from.

With most kids, if they grow it, they're at least willing to try it. I've helped many finicky eaters get over their fear of vegetables and new foods.

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Raised Garden Beds on a Slope Raised Bed Vegetable Garden with Redwood Trellis Redwood Branch Trellis

Planting your first raised garden bed? I can help with siting and design of the beds, and fill them with a rich organic soil that vegetables will thrive in.

Want to know which vegetable varieties perform best in our area? I’ve experimented with hundreds of varieties of tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, cucumbers, squash, and other vegetables, and know which varieties perform best in the Bay Area.

Want to do an organic container garden or balcony farm? I can help with tweaking organic potting soils and setting up irrigation for growing vegetables in containers.

Eager to start composting, or having problems with your compost pile? I can help you set up a composting or worm composting system, or troubleshoot an existing system that's not working.

Want to get off chemical gardening? I can recommend organic soil amendments to replace chemical fertilizers, and set up a customized garden plan for your site that will build up populations of beneficial insects to attack garden pests before they become a problem.


I’ve been growing vegetables organically in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1985, and designing, installing and maintaining raised bed and in-ground organic gardens and edible landscapes since 2002.

In 2007, I re-started the student garden at the Stanford Community Farm. I taught the Local Sustainable Agriculture Field Practicum at Stanford University in 2007 and 2008.


Site Assessment and Consultation:

$250 for a 1 1/2 hour site assessment and consultation, followed by a written report of site-specific recommendations. Road time applies outside a 30-mile radius of Petaluma, California, but can be reduced or waived if I can schedule multiple consultations in the area the same day.

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