Weeding Women Duncraig

Leaving a successful army career behind her,  Diana Smith of Duncraig is out to battle a war of different kind – the war on weeds – as the new face of Weeding Women in Perth’s Northern Suburbs.

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The career change, while drastic, was easy for Diana Smith, a passionate green thumb with a strong interest in organic gardening and sustainability. As the new ‘Weeding Women Duncraig’, Diana is on a mission to transform tired local gardens, and help people who are time-poor, elderly or physically unable to maintain their own garden.

The decision to start her own Weeding Women franchise stemmed from a desire to spend more time with her two children, Heather, 6, and Jeremy, 3.

“We wanted to reprioritise our lives by putting our home and family first,” said Diana. “Working in the garden, which is something I love, means we get to spend more time and have the flexibility to fit work around our kids.”

Diana’s childhood sparked her passion for gardening. “It’s in my blood,” Diana said. “I enjoyed gardening from a very young age, always playing with dirt and bugs, or helping my mum and grandma in the vegie garden.”

Diana now lives and breathes life outdoors. Their Duncraig home is a horticulturalist’s dream, featuring a massive 400 square-metre tiered garden filled with fruit trees, native plants and a coop of 10 chickens. Healthy vegetable patches yield endless fresh produce like strawberries, leeks, carrots, lettuce, beans, broccoli, brussel sprouts and more.

“Our kids love picking fruit and vegies straight from the backyard. I think it’s really beneficial for kids to see where their food comes from and be involved in the process of growing and cooking it,” Diana said.

She believes having a garden or outdoor area that caters for children is important, particularly in today’s digital era.

“Making your garden accessible and interesting for kids is a great way to get them outdoors and keep them there longer. Bright flowers, a vegie patch, secret spaces or pathways, and spots to explore are all great options.

“We help the kids to plant seedlings or cuttings in little handmade newspaper pots and they love seeing what grows from them,” she said.
Diana is passionate about being organic in the garden and advocate minimal use of chemicals in garden maintenance.

Weeding Women Duncraig will service an extensive zone of 14 suburbs across Perth’s Northern corridor, including Beldon, Carine, Craigie, Duncraig, Greenwood, Hillarys, Kallaroo, Kingsley, Marmion, Mullaloo, Padbury, Sorrento, Warwick and Woodvale.

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