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 ($ — 7 to 10+ year life)

 

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 are not your typical landscaping company.

We specialize in and focus on designing and installing gardens of Eden: perennial & self-seeding food forest systems and native beneficial & regenerative plant species.  We design landscapes that not only provide abundant and exotic fruits, veggies, herbs & spices but also self-fertilize and build the soil instead of deplete it with just a little maintenance.

  • Softscape design / plant location: optimal sun & wind exposure, humidity & moisture, and soil conditions for each species.
  • Irrigation design, installation and/or repair (we can design & plant around existing irrigation systems or design & install new, optimally water-efficient ones!
  • Permaculture food forests, perennial agriculture, permanent self-regenerating edible eco-systems, drought tolerant edible landscapes & more.

The Process

Pick & choose your favorite plants from our database of edible, medicinal and functional plants that is hand tailored to our climate and then let us design a custom blue-print / planting strategy according to what will grow optimally in each location.  If you want to grow something listed in our database that we do not have in stock, we can assist with ordering them from our network of nursery growers (no middle man fees) and care for them until ready to plant – usually at prices still cheaper than big box nurseries!

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 can check out our plants and we can pull up your property on satellite imaging and help refine your ideas and give you plenty more with your free consultation.

Professional, in-person and on-site consultations & diagnostics as low as $30 / hr (compare that to $110/hr for other “regenerative” businesses in Lompoc and Orange County).

 

Gardening Services & Landscape Maintenance

Complete organic garden care / lawn & landscape maintenance services starting at $25/hr!

Gardening services & landscape maintenance are different for every landscape and every plant.  We understand that and will build a custom-fit maintenance plan that will tackle what’s needed at the right time during the right season for optimal blooming, fruiting, & vegetative growth.

On demand or regularly scheduled visits including the following services and more:

  • Mowing, edging, weeding, blowing, hedging & properly pruning delicate plants
  • Organic fertilization (included in price) with organic nutrient & mineral blend, top-dressing & mulching as needed ($5 worth of wood chip mulch for free every 1-hour visit or $30 per cubic yard delivered)
  • Compacted soil aeration & humic demineralization to form spongy, forest-type soil over time
  • Soil-prep, planting, transplanting – always the right way guaranteed!
  • Plant-removal, tree-removal, debris-removal, unregulated structure demolition, hauling (surcharge may apply for large loads)

To get an idea of how much we can accomplish in a 2-hour visit, here are a couple examples:

  • Trim/prune shrubs, trees and hedges, mow and weed an entire front and back-yard (~3,000 sq ft takes around 2 hours to maintain but may require up to 4-5 hours initially depending on overgrowth)
  • Plant 1,000 sq. ft. of space, about the size of half of a typical backyard.

*Trees under 13 ft. in height.  We must quote for larger tree trimming and removal in person or over the phone.  Thank you!

 

Contact us for a free estimate today!

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

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– Natural paths / walkways, stairs, driveways, borders etc. with wood, stone, river rock, gravel, cob, ash/clay-cement & more.
– Green paths, ground-cover & borders – As an alternative to wood chips or rock mulch, edible, medicinal and/or flowering ground-cover that is hardy enough to walk on can also be used.
– 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 blended mulches with hardwood wood-chips and/or compost or rock / gravel / river stone

Natural stone / river rock

Option #1A – Small to medium river rocks semi-entrenched ($3 / sq ft delivered and installed)

Option #1B – Medium river rocks stacked loosely ($3 / sq ft delivered and installed)

Option #1C – Large river rocks placed artistically  ($4 / sq ft delivered and installed)

Option #1D – Large and medium river rocks placed and stacked artistically  ($5 / sq ft delivered and installed)

 

 

Green paths, borders & ground cover

43 Awesome Garden Stone Paths - DigsDigsMaking an Herb Path Through a Wildflower Meadow | HGTVDurable flowering & medicinal plants and even some culinary herbs are hardy enough to walk on.  Combined with stepping stones or all by themselves, these herbaceous ground-covers make great paths or borders while providing an array of color, texture and intoxicating aromas for you to enjoy as you walk around.  They won’t tolerate the same amount of foot traffic as grass, but will most certainly entertain a daily stroll or walk about or two.

Mint, creeping thyme & rosemary, oregano and other herbs (namely in the mint-family) all play parts in the landscape.  Some prefer shade and moisture, others tolerate drought.

File:Chocolate mint plant.jpgMint prefers shade and moisture and and can spread rapidly, which can be both a blessing (to quickly cover larger areas) and a curse (it may invade other growing beds).  There are a variety of different flavors of mint, from peppermint to spearmint to chocolate or pineapple mint, which can all be used as a culinary herb or for tea.

 

Agave | THE CAVENDER DIARYRed Creeping Thyme (Thymus praecox 'Coccineus') in ...Also staple culinary herbs, Creeping thyme and creeping rosemary make excellent edible ground covers that can also stand light foot traffic and prefer full sun and tolerate dry periods.  Many varieties have more of an upright growth habitat, but the low-growing “creeping” varieties are excellent for ground cover and paths.  Due to their quick spreading growth habit, the above plants including mint should not be used for borders.

Golden oregano. Ground cover for under a Crape Myrtle. | Gardening Makes Me Happy | Pinterest ...Oregano
Another popular culinary herb that can be used as an edible ground cover is oregano, which is also in the mint family, and sometimes known as wild marjoram.  Therefore, it grows and spreads like mint, just more slowly.  Oregano is fairly drought-tolerant, prefers full sun and well-drained soil, and is one of those plants that really dislikes staying too moist.  The plant responds well to being pinched back by retaining a lower and bushier habit, and can be harvested quite often for its fragrant leaves (which can also be dried for a stronger flavor or for storage). Oregano, which is available in a variety of different flavors, can be propagated by seed, cuttings, or division.

Alpine strawberry Edging Plants Stock Photos & Edging Plants Stock Images - Alamy
The berries produced by alpine strawberries are incredibly fragrant and flavorful, but because they are also quite small, aren’t a great fruit crop on their own (you’ll need to grow standard strawberries to get enough fruit to make a meal). However, because most of the alpine varieties don’t send out runners, as other strawberries do, they can be used in areas where you don’t want them to spread, and their low-growing habit makes them a great addition to borders and edge plantings. Alpine strawberries can be grown from seed, or by dividing an established clump into two or more pieces.

 

Sweet potatoes make an attractive ground cover and by fall produce an abundance of edible tubers.

Parsley is an attractive edible ground cover that compliments other annuals flowers and attracts swallowtail butterflies to the garden.

Specialty Plant Nursery

Visit our specialized plant nursery located in East Ventura with plants hand selected for Ventura’s subtropical, Mediterranean climate.

Organically grown edible, aesthetic, medicinal & functional plants:

  • rare, specialty tropical & exotic fruit trees,

  • deciduous fruit trees,

  • perennial vegetables,

  • herbs & spices,

  • drought tolerant natives,

  • butterfly / bee / pollinator / beneficial insect-attracting plants,

  • nitrogen-fixers + dynamic-accumulators,

  • and some hardy self-sowing annual veggies acclimated to our climate for 5+ years.

***Current working database of what I have growing / germinating / propagating right now.  Links will be created to pages with more information for each plant and this page will be expanded as the plants and more plants become available for purchase.***

Plant Name(s) Species (Latin Name) Cultivar / Variety
PERENNIAL VEGETABLES Perennial Leaf crops, root crops, edible flowers, etc.
Asparagus Asparagus officinalis Purple Passion – Sweeter than green or white varieties with higher sugar and lower fibre levels.
Jerusalem Artichoke, also called sunroot, sunchoke, earth apple, or topinambour Helianthus tuberosus
Bele, Aibika, or Abelmoschus Manihot; also known as the sunset muskmallow, sunset hibiscus, or hibiscus manihot. “The aibika is a flowering plant in the mallow family Malvaceae. It was formerly considered a species of Hibiscus, but is now classified in the genus Abelmoschus.
Abelmoschus manihot – (L.)Medik.”
Hibiscus “Cranberry” ; Hibiscus “False Roselle” Hibiscus acetosella
Canna (Achira, Arrowroot) Canna Indica, Canna Edulis, Canna Orientalis. Canna indica, commonly known as Indian shot, African arrowroot, edible canna, purple arrowroot, Sierra Leone arrowroot, is a plant species in the family Cannaceae.
Bell Peppers, Chili Peppers, Hot Peppers Capsiscum
Red Manzano Pepper (mahn zah noh); Rocoto/Apple Chilli, Chile Peron, Chile Caballo & Chile Ciruelo Capsicum pubescens known as Chile Peron,Chile Caballo & Chile Ciruelo. Red Manzano
Malabar Spinach, Vine Spinach Basella alba Red Stem & Green Stem Varieties
Okinawa Spinach (Gynura Crepioides / Bicolor; Asteraceae Family) There is only one variety of this species known.
Longetivy Spinach, ‘Cholesterol Spinach’ Gynura procumbens; Asteraceae Family Longevity
Sisso, Perennial Spinach (Brazilian Spinach, Aztec Spinach, Sambu or Samba lettuce) Alternanthera sisso; Amaranthaceae Family.
Tomato tree, Tzimbalo Solanum caripense
Yacon, Peruvian Ground Apple

FRUIT & NUT Species Cultivar / Variety
Almond Prunus dulcis All-in-One Almond, Semi-dwarf on Viking rootstock.
Apple (Low-Chill)
Dwarf Golden Apricot as an understory
Biriba, Wild Sugar Apple Rollinia deliciosa
Cherimoya (Custard Apple, Chirimoya, Chirimolla)
” “Annona cherimola Mill.; Annonaceae Family.
Related species: Ilama (Annona diversifolia), Pond Apple (A. glabra), Manrito (A. jahnii). Mountain Soursop (A. montana), Soursop (A. muricata), Soncoya (A. purpurea), Bullock’s Heart (A. reticulata), Sugar Apple (Annona squamosa), Atemoya (A. cherimola X A. squamosa).
Distant affinity: Pawpaw (Asimina triloba), Biriba (Rollinia deliciosa), Wild Sweetsop (R. mucosa), Keppel Apple (Stelechocarpus burakol).
Soursop Fruit Tree Annona muricata
Citrus Lemon “Eureka”
Citrus Orange “Valencia”
Citrus Orange “Mandarin”
Citrus Kumquat
Fig Tree Turkey Fig, Ficus Brown Turkey
Fig Tree Ficus Carica Black Mission
Fig Tree Ficus Carica Desert King
Fig Tree Ficus Carica Magnolia
Fig Tree Ficus Carica Texas Everbearing
Fig Tree Ficus Carica Olympian
Fig Tree Ficus Carica Violette du Bordeaux
Jack Fruit
Lychee, starburst fruit “Litchi chinensis Sonn.
Sapindaceae Family.
” “Common Names: Lychee, Litchi, Leechee, Lichee, Lichi.
Distant Affinity: Akee (Blighia sapida), Longan (Dimocarpus longan), Rambutan (Nephelium lappaceum), Pulasan (N. mutabile), Fijian longan (Pometia pinnata).”
Loquat, Japanese Plump “Golden Loquat”, Normal?
Mulberry “Morus spp.
Moraceae
Common Names: Mulberry.
Species: White Mulberry (Morus alba L.), Black
Mulberry (M. nigra L.), American Mulberry, Red
Mulberry (M. rubra L.). Hybrid forms exist between
Morus alba and M. rubra.
” Dwarf Everbearing
Muntingia calabura, Strawberry Tree, Jam tree, Jamaican / Singapore / Panama cherry, Cotton Candy Berry, Calabura, Manzanil “Muntingia calabura
Family: Elaeocarpaceae”
OliveAmerican Persimmon Diospyros virginiana
Kaki or Fuyu Persimmon
Plum “Santa Rosa”
Pomegranate “Punica granatum
” WonderfulBarbados Cherry, Acerola “Malpighia glabra

Blackberries
Black Goji Berries “Lycium Ruthenicum
Family: Solanaceae (Nightshade / Tomato / Potato / Belladonna / Pepper / Eggplant Family)
“Goji Berries “Lycium barbarum

Family: Solanaceae (Nightshade / Tomato / Potato / Belladonna / Pepper / Eggplant Family)
“Guava (Strawberry) Psidium lucidum Strawberry Guava
Guava (Lemon) Psidium guajava Lemon Guava
Guava (Barbie Pink) Psidium guajava Barbie Pink Guava
Guava (Tikal) Psidium guajava Barbie Pink Guava
Guavasteen (Pineapple Guava) “Acca sellowiana; In the Myrtle family Myrtaceae.
Synonym: Feijoa sellowiana
Guava (White) Psidium guajava White Guava

Black Sapote, also called Chocolate Pudding Plant Diospyros Nigra
Mamey Sapote Pouteria sapota
Sherbet Berry Falsa Phalsa Grewia asiatica
Star Fruit Tree,Carambola, Averrhoa carambola, Five-finger
Averrhoa carambola “Bell” Variety.
Surinam Cherry, AKA Pitanga, Brazilian Cherry, Cayenne Cherry
Surinam Cherry, AKA Pitanga, Brazilian Cherry, Cayenne Cherry Eugenia uniflora; Family: Myrtaceae. “Black Star” Variety.
Passion Fruit Passiflora edulis Possum Purple

Misc must-haves:

Moringa (also known as Drumstick tree, Horseradish tree, Tree of Life, Ben oil tree).
Myoga / Japanese Ginger

Tamarind Tamarindus indica; Family: Fabaceae.

 

PERENNIAL HERBS, TEA & BENEFICIAL FLOWERING PLANTS Species Cultivar / Variety
Cardamom
Chives ‘Onion’ Allium Schoenoprasum Common / Onion Chives
Echinacea
Garlic (Hardneck) Allium sativum var. ophioscorodon Hardneck varieties owned: Magic,
Spicy Thai Ginger Alpinia Galanga
Ginger, Medicinal Ginger Zingiber officinale ?
Hibiscus Rosa Hibiscus rosa-sinensis Purple Magic, Tropical Yellow, Volcano, Hawaiian Sunset
Lavender, Medicinal Lavendar, Medicinal Lavender Lavandula angustifolia, formerly L. officinalis
Lemongrass, Citronella Grass Cymbopogon sp.
Marjoram
Egyptian Walking Onion – AKA Top Set Onions, Tree Onions, Winter Onions, Perennial Onions Allium x proliferum
Oregano
Rosemary
Sage
Thyme
Turmeric
Valerian (Valerian Root) Valeriana officinalis

EDIBLE / FRUITING CACTI Species Cultivar / Variety

Aloe Vera, Medicinal Aloe
Nopal, Prickly Pear Cactus, Padded Cactus Genus: Opuntias
Peruvian Apple AKA Night Blooming Cereus Cacti Cereus repandus
Dragon fruit (inside white, outside red) Hylocereus undatus Halley’s Comet
Dragon fruit (inside white, outside pink/red) Hylocereus undatus Undate
Dragon fruit (inside red-purple, outside red) Hylocereus costaricensis Red / Purple Dragon Fruit
H. triangularis????

FRUITING PALM TREES Species Cultivar / Variety

DWARF Musa “Red” Banana Tree Musa Hybrid Dwarf Red
DWARF Musa Acuminata ‘Poquito’ Banana Tree Musa Acuminata Dwarf Poquito
DWARF “Iholena” Pink Banana Tree Musa Hybrid Dwarf Iholena
DWARF Namwah / PIsang Awak Banana Tree Musa Hybrid Namwah, Pslang Awak
DWARF ‘FHIA-01’ Goldfinger Banana Tree Goldfinger FHIA-01
Monzano “Apple” Banana Tree Apple Banana Monzano

Blue Java Ice Cream Banana Tree” Musa acuminata × balbisiana (ABB Group) Blue Java, Ice Cream Banana
Gros Michel Banana Tree “Gros Michel, Guineo Giganet, Banano, and Platano Roatan in Spanish
” USDA Cultivated Gros Michel
Grand Nain “Naine” Banana Tree Musa acuminata Naine
Date Palm Phoenix dactylifera Deglet Noor
Date Palm Phoenix dactylifera Medjool

Jelly Palm Tree, Wine Palm Butia capitata

Mango https://www.crfg.org/pubs/ff/mango.html Mangifera indica, member of the cashew family (Anacardiaceae).

Red Papaya Fruta Bomba
Yellow Papaya
Dwarf ‘TR Hovey’ Papaya Carica Papaya
Pineapple (Short Palm Shrub) Ananas comosus, Bromeliacea White Jade, Sugarloaf, Florida Special, Kona Sugarloaf, Striped Special

Beneficial plants – Useful, pollinator support & nitrogen fixing plants) Species (Latin Name) Cultivar / Variety
California Lilac

More to be added shortly

House Plants Species (Latin Name) Cultivar / Variety

Edible House Plants –
Coffee, Goji Berries, Okinawa & Longevity Spinach, and many more coming.

Snake Plant Sansevieria trifasciata
Spider Plant

Self-seeding annual vegetables:
Scarlet Runner Bean
Green & Red Lettuces

 

Compost Tea & Soil Amendments

Compost Tea Applications:  Fungal or bacterial dominated compost tea applications to increase diversity, fertility & resilience of soil microbiology & plants.

 

Soil / Site Health Analysis & Remediation

Life begins with and depends upon good, healthy soil.

One of the most common reasons people are fooled into thinking they don’t have a green thumb is because they are dealing with neglected, dead and/or worse – contaminated soils, likely compacted by construction and industrialization, further compounding the problems.  Over time, especially in urban/suburban compacted soils, nutrients and minerals in the soil leech out into storm drains during regular irrigation or heavy rains, leaving the soil a tan/light colored, hard to penetrate, almost cement like structure and consistency.  By incorporating our own blend of sea weed, rock dust, wood ash, worm castings, organic goat/horse manure AND compost into the soil, we immediately and vastly improve its available nutrient quality, replace much needed trace minerals & nutrients that are necessary for vigorous growth & disease-resistance (for both the plants and you!) and provide organic matter to break down over time for the long term sustained release of nutrients back into the soil leading to the complete revitalization of the soil, eco-system and cycle of life!

We will take multiple soil samples from around the site to test for pH, nutrient and mineral levels and other physical characteristics to create a profile of your soil.  If it differs in certain areas, we will lay it out on a map for you!  From that profile, we will create a list of plants from our specialized plant database that will grow well in your soil as is.  Or if you want to grow other things, for example blueberries, we can amend the soil to target and support the specific nutrient, mineral, pH and mulching needs of those plants / planting areas and then recommend a plan for future amendments.

About soil & plant nutrients

All plants require the macro-nutrients Nitrogen, Phosphorus & Potassium, Sulfur, Calcium, Magnesium to grow properly and several other micro-nutrients and trace minerals like copper and boron, etc., to fully thrive / fruit to their full potential.  Certain plants will not fruit or may even die if a certain mineral or element is missing from the soil such as selenium, zinc, manganese, etc.  Our plant database specifies all of the nutrient and minerals needs of all of our plants, ensuring successful harvests for you for years to come.  Most if not all plants benefit tremendously from our custom blended organic soil amendments made with compost, bio-char, trace minerals, rock dust, wood ash, manure and some other 100% organic ingredients to achieve a perfect balance of natural richness.  Most plants also benefit from at least a 2-3 inch layer (or up to a foot deep layer for certain plants) of mulch to protect soil life from sterilizing UV sun rays, to retain soil moisture, and to break down over time slow-releasing nutrients for long term added benefits and the creation of a crucial soil building block called humus, which never breaks down, is like a super sponge for water and soil life, can exist for thousands of years if your soil is always properly mulched, and is a key element in the vigorous and resilient nature of forests.  Click here to learn more about soil, nutrients and minerals, and how plants interact with them.  

Comprehensive soil analysis & site survey including sun-exposure, water run-off & soil testing to determine soil type, nutrient/mineral levels, soil pH, optimal plants to grow/planting locations, soil-remediation strategies (if needed), soil amendments needed (if any), proper mulch recommendations for long term benefits & soil health, etc.  Results are provided via electronic or printed documentation upon request.

  • Site/soil testing & analysis starting at $35 per visit and an additional $20 per additional 1,000 sq. ft.  ($70-100 for a large residential front and backyard)
  • $4.50 per cubic ft. soil amendments / top-dressing delivered and applied by our team – “Black gold” rich in micro-nutrients, trace minerals & beneficial microorganisms custom blended for plant type / application  (please contact us if you’d like to pick up and load your own instead of receive delivery at a reduced price)
  • $2.50 per cubic ft. mulch delivered and applied by our team – Organic Nitrogen-Carbon balanced leaf/wood chip mulch custom blended for application  (please contact us if you’d like to pick up and load your own instead of receive delivery at a reduced price)