Meet the Owners
Theresa Traficante: Founder and Super Gardener
Favorite Thing to Grow: Herbs
Theresa is the green thumb of GardenInMinutes and provided the inspiration for the Garden Grid™ watering system. With decades of gardening experience ranging from the temperate climate of New Jersey to the tropical climate of South Florida, Theresa has grown nearly everything in her gardens. Around GardenInMinutes she’s known for her unrivaled homemade cooking – of course using ingredients grown in her garden. Besides gardening, Theresa loves hiking, skiing, going to the beach, and spending time with her husband Tom and two children Bryan and Peter.
Tom Traficante: Founder and Designer
Favorite Thing to Grow: Arugula
Tom is the inventor and engineer of the Garden Grid™ watering system and creator of our modular raised garden beds. His manufacturing engineering background is hard to miss as he rattles off how machines function, or the best packaging method and dimensions for each product. When not designing or re-engineering better ways to garden, he too loves the outdoors, hiking, skiing and swimming. Auto restoration is his favorite hobby, loving the simplicity – and occasional electrical challenges – of his classic British cars. A yellow 1970 Lotus is the love in his life, after Theresa of course! His sons Bryan and Peter are his pride and joy, not to mention the lucky recipients of his unrivaled “dad jokes”.
Bryan Traficante: Co-founder and Communications Director
Favorite Thing to Grow: Sweet Potato
Bryan is the energetic and relentless big picture guy. He rattles off greener ways of doing things, podcasts to inspire us, blogs to read….the list goes on and on. As our Communications Director he creates new content, is the main point of contact to our guests (that’s you!), builds partnerships, manages our digital footprint, and leads our all around communication strategy. You’ll often see him responding to you on our Facebook page and to reviews/comments you leave. Always the athlete and somewhat of a health nut, he is a swimmer (Junior Olympic backstroker), plays water polo, enjoys volleyball, basketball, lacrosse, hiking, snowboarding, he goes to the gym daily….we’re not sure if he sleeps… Let’s not forget he’s married to the love of his life, Morgan, who bakes some fabulous cookies—his healthy diet weakness!
About Garden In Minutes
Raised bed gardening is a fantastic method for growing a garden, but normally takes hours of planning and building to get started. We didn’t like that and decided to make it better! At Garden In Minutes we make starting a raised bed garden simple and convenient while building with the highest quality materials, so more of you can enjoy the experience of growing a great garden – without needing to spend hours building one.
For watering and plant layout, gardeners often use drip irrigation lines and planting grids. Drip irrigation lines can be effective, but take hours to assemble. Planting grids make plant spacing easy, but can also take a few hours to build from scratch. We decided to improve upon these useful, but time consuming tools and created the Garden Grid™ watering system – Our ground level irrigation system, and a planting grid, in one! It gives you equal sized planting sections and adjustable ground level irrigation and it’s ready to use in under a minute. You simply lay the Garden Grid™ in your raised garden and connect it to your garden hose, that’s it! No cutting tubes, measuring spaces, or working with messy drip lines. Multiple Garden Grids™ can even connect together if you decide to grow a bigger garden.
Raised garden beds are a beautiful addition to anyone’s home and provide an ideal environment for growing a garden. However, many raised beds assemble with nails and screws, or are of questionable quality. We wanted a raised garden bed that we could assemble easily without needing tools, that we could expand if we wanted a larger garden, and would last for many growing seasons. So we built it! All GardenInMinutes raised garden beds are a modular design. Meaning you are able to configure and expand our raised garden beds to your liking. They are easily assembled by anyone of any skill level in just a few minutes, and they are handcrafted using 1-3/4″ cedar timbers for unrivaled strength and longevity. Visit our How it Works page to see for yourself!
Growing something from a seed to a harvested vegetable is incredibly rewarding, and we want to make it easier for you to experience that rewarding feeling!
How Garden In Minutes Got Started
It all started with our founder and super gardener, Theresa. After years of traditional row gardening, spending hours digging, weeding, watering and having little success, a friend introduced her to square foot gardening. With her prior growing struggles, she was excited to try something new. After one growing season using the square foot gardening method, Theresa tripled her garden’s output and fell in love with this new style of growing.
She and Tom built raised beds, made traditional square foot gardening planting grids to partition the gardens into growing sections, then assembled and laid out drip irrigation lines. This process took hours, and once the plants were planted the grid wasn’t of much use and the drip lines were messy. So Tom and Theresa set out to make the grid and irrigation process better.
After designing several prototypes they came up with the Garden Grid™ watering system that you see today. The Garden Grid™ allowed for evenly partitioned their planting area, provided gentle watering, didn’t damage plant foliage as hand held sprayers and sprinklers often did, and even conserved some water.
After creating the Garden Grid™ they shared their invention with friends and family who were interested in home gardening. Their friends loved it and encouraged Tom and Theresa sell it locally. Tom and Theresa attended local farmer markets and quickly discovered that many people wanted to garden, but either lacked the tools, the skills, and/or time necessary to build their own raised garden beds. So they decided to solve that problem too, and created tool-free, expandable and stackable Cedar Raised Garden Beds. The garden beds paired perfectly with the Garden Grid™ and turned a small family project into the company you see today.
So, there you have it! The birth of Garden In Minutes. We are a family owned company passionate about making gardening better with modern designs.