A DUNCRAIG couple left army careers to wage a different kind of war on weeds.
Diana Smith has started Weeding Women Duncraig in the northern suburbs with her husband Courtney, who is the gardening chain’s first male franchisee.
The pair met early in their 11-year career with the Royal Australian Corps of Signals, which involved many stints to war zones worldwide.
The decision to start the franchise stemmed from a mutual desire to spend more time together and with their two children, Heather (6) and Jeremy (3).
Being green thumbs with an interest in organic gardening and sustainability, the duo’s mission now is to transform tired gardens, and help people who are time-poor, elderly or physically unable to garden.
“Working together doing gardening, which is something we both love, means we get to spend more time together and have the flexibility to fit work around our kids,” Mr Smith said.
Mrs Smith has had a passion for gardening since childhood, which rubbed off on her husband.
“I enjoyed gardening from a very young age, always playing with dirt and bugs, or helping my mum and grandma in the vegie garden,” she said.
Their Duncraig home features a 400sq m tiered garden with fruit trees, native plants, a coop of 10 chickens and vegetable patches.
“Our kids love picking fruit and vegies straight from the back yard,” Mrs Smith said.
“It’s really beneficial for kids to see where their food comes from and be involved in growing and cooking it.
“We help the kids to plant seedlings or cuttings in little handmade newspaper pots and they love seeing what grows from them.”
Weeding Women Duncraig will cover 14 suburbs – Beldon, Carine, Craigie, Duncraig, Greenwood, Hillarys, Kallaroo, Kingsley, Marmion, Mullaloo, Padbury, Sorrento, Warwick and Woodvale.