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Design: My First Garden

The finished product is a fun starter garden the whole family can enjoy.

It’s fall, and garden installations are top on our list. Last week we created a starter garden for a health-conscious couple and their young boys. They all want to know where their food comes from, and this first garden is … Continue reading

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Design: A Cozy Caged Garden

The cage is tall to accommodate tomato cages and pea trellises as needed.

While Los Angeles may be a concrete jungle, we still have wild animals lurking about the garden. Our most recent garden installation was designed to protect new seedlings from wandering critters on the canyon slope. It’s a starter garden, this … Continue reading

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In Memoriam: Josh Hover

Josh and a DIY client prepping to paint her new fence.

Gardening is about life cycles, we deal with life and death every day. When someone prized is taken too soon, however, it is a tragedy. I write today to honor a friend and colleague, the carpenter who took my visions … Continue reading

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Design: Southern Hemisphere Garden

Finished garden pops with color in front of the home's white background.

We recently completed a landscaping project for a homeowner from South Africa. He wanted a lush and colorful landscape that is drought tolerant and low maintenance. At the same time, he talked of turf grass and wispy foliage that reminded … Continue reading

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Mini Garden for Maximum Yield

Chicken sentinel stands watch

Picture this: a large back yard with plenty of space for a garden. Then factor in this: mature trees all over the place, leaving little space for full-sun exposure. Not to mention roots–lots of tree roots, a network of thatchy … Continue reading

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Mini Orchard & Garden for Mom and Dog

Blueberries (dwarf varieties) with strawberries and herbs around a tree.

Spring is just around the corner, but in the Valley it’s already here. Southern California continues to have unseasonably high temperatures and one new gardener wanted to take advantage of it with a new mini orchard and garden for her … Continue reading

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New Landscaping: Dog-friendly Oasis in the City

Passion fruit

Every once in awhile someone hires Gardenerd to landscape their property, not to install a vegetable garden. This particular client already had a thriving vegetable garden, but wanted new landscaping to create an oasis in the city. Here were her … Continue reading

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Tiny But Mighty Venice Garden Makeover

Hot weather crops get the sunniest part of the garden

Those who are familiar with Venice Beach, CA know that it’s a great place to live, but the lots are tiny. Finding a place to garden is challenging and finding adequate sunlight can be even more of a challenge. Last … Continue reading

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Raised Beds – Part 2 – Design

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You may have caught the last edition of Raised Beds Part 1, where we talked about materials for building raised beds.  Now we move on to Part 2 – 
Design. 

There are an infinite assortment of ideas in the world for raised beds.  I happen to be, much to my husband’s chagrin, severely influenced by formal English gardens with closely trimmed boxwood
hedges and topiaries and espaliered fig trees on the wall.  We have a ranch house, so that kind of formality doesn’t fly in our back yard.  However, I really really wanted something that
made my heart …

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