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Design: From Pool To Garden

Bulldozer at work demolishing the client's swimming pool.

Back in 2016 we got a call from a woman who had a swimming pool but wanted a vegetable garden. She had already taken steps to fill in her swimming pool, but needed help building the vegetable garden. A blank … 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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Toddler Garden

Mostly started from nursery transplants to make it easy for beginning gardeners. We did plant seeds for radishes and carrots though.

It’s important for kids to know where their food comes from, so here at Gardenerd we like to start them young. Really young, in the case of this recent garden installation. A two-year-old was about to get a younger sibling, … Continue reading

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Design: Therapeutic Garden For Recovery

A mixture of lettuces and kale, planted from nursery transplants, allow residents to see the difference between starting from seed and buying from the nursery.

Every once in awhile we get to be part of something big. Build a garden that really makes a difference. This is one of those gardens. For those who’ve never heard about “horticultural therapy,” take a look at the latest … Continue reading

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Design: Tall Beds for Deep Roots

In progress. Hauling in the mammoth raised beds.

We recently completed a new garden installation in Sherman Oaks, CA, where a homeowner wanted tall raised beds to remind her of her garden in Oregon. Stately, tall beds with plenty of root space for veggies to grow big and … Continue reading

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Design: Front Yard Veggie Garden

The new raised beds are still in a little bit of shade, but in the sunniest part of the yard. Surrounded by fruit trees and native plants.

We’ve been hard at work helping people get rid of their lawns in favor of edible front yard landscapes instead. Our latest garden is located inland where temperatures are high in summer, but large trees create a lot of shade; … Continue reading

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Design: Balcony Garden Joy

She'll guide cucumbers and pole beans up the trellis this summer.

Small space gardening is our specialty here at Gardenerd. We like making the most of tiny gardens, and our latest project was no exception. Using pre-fab products, we turned a plain old balcony into a farm-for-one in Hermosa Beach, CA. … Continue reading

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Starter Garden for Family

Thornless boysenberries climb a trellis behind strawberries.

A family in Manhattan Beach called us saying they were “accidentally” growing pumpkins in a plastic storage container, and they wanted a real garden instead. In truth, they had great instincts and those pumpkins were growing like crazy on their … Continue reading

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