Leaving a successful army career, Diana Smith is out to battle a war of a different kind – the war on weeds – as the owner of Weeding Women Duncraig.
The career change, while drastic, was easy for Diana, a passionate green thumb with a strong interest in organic gardening and sustainability. 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.
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The decision to start her own Weeding Women franchise stemmed from a desire to spend more time with her two young children. “I wanted to reprioritise my life by putting home and family first,” said Diana. “Working in the garden, which is something I love, means I have the flexibility to fit work around the 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. Her 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. Diana even farms honey from her own beehive!
“The 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.
“I help the kids’ 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 advocates minimal use of chemicals in garden maintenance. She has written a blog about children in the garden which can be viewed HERE.
Weeding Women Duncraig services 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.