What We Do

Serving Ventura, Oxnard, Camarillo, Moorpark, Thousand Oaks, Santa Paula, Ojai & Santa Barbara

Our designs and installations are intended to replicate and to be a true relic of (or tribute to) the concept of the garden of Eden, meaning they heal the earth while providing abundant food, medicine, cleaning products, and many other functional uses.  We are proud to serve Ventura County with plants,  consultation,  landscape design,  planting,  irrigation installation / repair, and more to turn your vision into a reality.  We are beyond organic, regenerative gardeners, specializing in edible, medicinal, functional & beneficial plants and natural forest systems.  Forests are extremely resilient, fertilizing themselves without needing to be sprayed with Miracle Grow, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, etc. and feed humans and animals year after year.  With pretty simple human interaction, these natural systems can be designed, trained and optimized to focus the production of abundance & usefulness while using half of the water of a typical lawn!

Guaranteed Plants & Services

With guaranteed-to-thrive plants, design & installation our in-house design team brings 20+ years of combined experience in horticulture, beyond-organic regenerative gardening and perennial/permanent agriculture AKA “permaculture” food-forest systems.   We specialize in residential landscape concept & design, irrigation, hardscape, softscape, grading, planting, gardening, and more.  We are committed to holistic practices, optimal performance, safety (for people & buildings), comprehensive training, and regenerating the environment & surrounding eco-systems.  All of our drainage, plumbing, irrigation, hardscape, earthworks, carpentry, fencing, and masonry services comply with building codes & city ordinances, researched on a project by project basis.

Free Consultations / Estimates

We will chat with you for 15-20 minutes, pull up your property with satellite imagery to scale, recommend proper plants according to space/water requirements, sun / shade, etc., and provide a free an estimate of how much it would cost to transform your landscape given after filling out our questionnaire, plant selection, and landscaping options documentation.

Professional Design Consultations

We will meet with you to discuss your vision and budget for your space and then can conceptualize it all verbally or in rounds of Photoshop mock-ups and/or finally a formal blue-print for your approval before planting & installation.  Once we have your design conceptualized on paper (or in your e-mail), our tools, skills and commitment will bring your dream to reality from A-Z.  For any services required that may be outside of our scope, we can sub-contract or recommend a partner company from our list of trusted contractors.

Professional Care Plan Consultations

If you want to install your own paradise but aren’t sure of just what to plant where, how to maximize water infiltration and retention or soil fertility, we can sit down with you and draw up a detailed plan, care guide and maintenance schedule.

We make growing your own food extremely easy and fun with tons of learning resources and/or services along the way

Want to grow your own high quality organic, pesticide-free, nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables but not sure where to start or feel like you might not have a “green thumb”?  We are here to help, online and in-person, and change Ventura County into a region that can sustainably and even regeneratively grow all of its own organic food.  We provide everything you need including consultation, design, tree trimming / plant removal, stump grinding, debris removal, soil remediation, plant installation, irrigation, implementation, garden services, care, pruning, trimming, etc.  Not only that, with our vast informational database and rare & exotic nursery located in Ventura, you can easily be growing all of your own exotic fruits and vegetables including tropical fruits, year round.

Simply understanding how nutrients are recycled by nature and how plants depend upon each other, bacteria & fungi in the soil can dramatically change your perspective on plants and gardening, help you understand why plants may fail and die (even when you’re using recommended store bought fertilizer), and let you see how easy it really is to grow your own groceries WITHOUT PAYING FOR FERTILIZER, PESTICIDES, OR HERBICIDES. For much more crucial info, see these two e-books for free on our website: “The Nitrogen Cycle, Nutrient Recycling, Composting & Mulching Master Handbook” and “Symbiotic Relationships Between Plants, Fungi & Bacteria; Myccorhizal Networks and How They Are All Damaged By Industrial Fertilizers & Pesticides”. For even more radical information, check this out: Humanure Handbook E-Book (sign up via e-mail to receive free e-books; we took time to write these and would like to see who is reading them and would appreciate you allowing us to occasionally send you e-mail updates about our “Save Eden” campaign, where we are trying to restore and regenerate Ventura County’s topsoils so that it becomes a self-sustaining Garden of Eden.

 

HOW IT WORKS: OUR TYPICAL PROCESS (skip any unneeded step)

Step 1 – Soil / Site Analysis & Remediation – Test soil for health:  Structure, pH, nutrient quality and mineral content.  Amend & mulch properly for long-term benefits.  Plant the right species to self-fertilize forever (see below).

Step 2 – Irrigation Design & Installation (we can design landscapes around existing irrigation/sprinkler systems or design brand new ones to spec)

Step 3 – Plant Selection & Planting – Pick & choose your plants from our vast, specialized database or let us recommend to you a customized “special price” selection based upon what we currently have in stock in our nursery (usually 20% cheaper than garden centers and optimal plants will always be recommended appropriately and with care instructions)!  If you want to select some plants that we do not have in stock, we can assist with seeking them out at another local nursery or ordering them for you online/caring for them upon delivery & transplanting to proper containers to grow until ready to plant in ground.

RESULT – A wonderland food forest of fruit & flowers,  trees & shrubs, vines & fragrant herbs and a list of possible natural yet artistic features.    There are truly endless possibilities.

Does Landscaping Increase the Value of Your Home? | What's Moving Durham?BONUS – As a by-product, improve the quality of your diet, physical & mental health, energy levels and stamina while saving time & money on your grocery AND water bill (<1/2 water usage of a lawn)! 

Not only this, you can very seriously lower your healthcare bill by supporting your immune system & human frame with the nutrients, vitamins & minerals it needs to perform optimally, prevent tissue degeneration / disease, and even regenerate skin  brain cells.  Check this out!

BONUS #2 —  Increase the overall aesthetic appeal, intrigue & value of your property by up to FIFTEEN PERCENT TO FORTY PERCENT (15-40%!)  —  A residence valued at ~$500,000 with a crab grass lawn and poorly manicured landscape can see their property value increase easily by $30-50,000 after a professional regenerative landscape installation (edible or drought tolerant!) and $75-150,000+ by the fifth year after trees and shrubs have grown and are bearing plenty of fruit, etc. – all with only a 5-10K investment.

Chaos, Abandoned Buildings and More: Our Chiang Mai Neighborhood | NIKDAUM.COM – NewsWHY?  THE BENEFITS OF A FOOD FOREST / EDIBLE LANDSCAPE 

With the cost of healthy food going up, the nutrient density/quality going down in (conventional food due to top soils depleted in trace minerals), and the fragility of the current food distribution system, it is a no-brainer to grow your own organic food forest in order to save money on food and water (1/2 the water of a lawn!), eat better, and protect yourself from food desert / disaster related situations / SHTF scenarios.

Concerned about the drought? Our soil restoration techniques combined with proper planting mulching methods REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF WATER NEEDED TO LESS THAN HALF A TYPICAL GRASS YARD USES. 

You’ll be growing high quality, delicious fruits and vegetables for 1/2 the price of watering a lawn and you’ll be eating exotic foods that ripen on the plant and NOT IN A FREIGHT TRUCK (AMAZING TASTE DIFFERENCE!).  

A-Z Landscaping & Gardening Services

Custom Garden Bed & Planter Construction

We build professional, custom raised garden beds to fit your needs!  Choose from a variety of materials to best match your landscape and color scheme. Material/budget options include: UV and rot-resistant redwood ($$$ —- 25+ year life) rot-resistant, finished lumber with plastic lining ($$ — 15+ year life) Naturally weathering lumber or fashioned natural wood […]

Full-service Landscape Design & Installation

Using the golden-ratio, the rule of thirds, visual triangulation, natural contouring and other “divine” design principles, we stray away from rigid, cookie-cutter landscape design templates that are commonly used and craft a customized paradise for you and your family based upon both your preferences and what will do the best in the space provided.  We […]

Free Remote & Affordable On-site Consultations & Diagnostics

Discuss planting, pruning, weeding, watering / irrigation, fertility, pest & disease control strategies, problems & solutions with our team of experts and extensive knowledge database on-hand. We offer free 15 minute consultations over the phone (805-256-5474), Facebook video/audio calling or messenger, Skype, via our e-mail contact form, or if you come by our nursery you […]

Gardening Services & Landscape Maintenance

Complete garden care & gardening services starting at $25 / hr!
A-Z services & maintenance: planting, harvesting, trimming, pruning, weeding & plant removal / tree removal, fertilization with our custom blends of soil amendments, proper mulching, etc.
On demand, by appointment, or regularly scheduled visits.

Emergency Plant Life Support

Emergency Plant Life Support – We’re on call to save your plants if they are looking sad with our team of experts.  Prices may vary depending on urgency & availability.

Earthworks & Hardscaping – Natural Paths, Stairs, Borders, Walls, Fences, Trellises & More

– Natural paths/walkways, stairs, driveways and other hardscaping with wood, stone, river rock, gravel, cob, ash/clay-cement & more.
– Green paths – Edible, medicinal and/or flowering ground-cover that is hardy enough to walk on
– Natural fences – traditional or rustic fencing, living fences (bamboo, cacti, moringa tree, etc.)
– Retainer walls, sleeper walls, trellises and any other landscaping made up of hard wearing materials such as wood, stone, concrete etc.
– Custom blend wood-chip and/or composted leaf mulches

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Who are we?

We are RELIC proudly serving Ventura County and we design and install Regenerative Edible Landscapes that are Integrated Consciously with our climate and surrounding environment, working with nature instead of against it. We specialize in permanent/perennial food-forest ecosystem design; this means that we plant once and you harvest forever without having to replant like a conventional garden. Food production occurs from the start while increasing in abundance every year and building soil fertility for future generations with no to some required maintenance based upon your preferences. We are a dedicated team of organic gardeners & plant specialists providing everything you need from to help you upgrade your landscape into a regenerative & abundant relic of Eden.

  • Regenerative landscape design & installation
  • Free estimates & consultations remotely
  • Garden care / gardening services / landscape maintenance
  • Vegetable / herb / fruit tree / medicinal nursery for our climate (tropicals and more)
  • On call plant rescue - same day emergency plant life support
  • Plant / tree / lawn removal & debris hauling
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I live in Pasadena, TX and met Ryan during his travels and kept in touch.  Back in 2017 he gave me tons of ideas and helped me decide what to plant in my yard and house!  He studied my climate and looked at my house with satellites and everything he recommended is growing great!  He even told me what plants to keep like our Mesquite because it helps fertilize our fruit trees!  Ryan will forever be my go to plant man!

Caitlin Brooks Reiki Practitioner in TX

I live in apartment and can’t grow anything outside but have 4 large windows that get plenty of sun and Ryan helped me design an indoor herb garden and decide what else to grow in the window-sills – coffee, tree collards, okinawa spinach, etc.  His plants are super healthy and still doing awesome over a year later!  Would definitely recommend.

Charlie Batchley CEO @ Smoke on the Water

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