Houzz TV: Visit a Tiny California Garden With Lots to Taste

Houzz TV: Visit a Tiny California Garden With Lots to Taste

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Houzz TV: Visit a Tiny California Garden With Lots to Taste

In this episode of Houzz TV, a California couple and their children make the most of their lot by filling every outdoor inch with plants and garden containers. A tour of the property reveals a front yard, side yard and backyard teeming with life, most of which is edible.

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jardineira

How inspiring, LOVE it!!!

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rananashville

What a great inspiration! I love this!

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baboop58
Farm house sink
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mdias591
Was going to have pasta for dinner.....nope, having salad! Thanks for the delicious looking inspiration!
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Iron Horse Realty

Love it! Can't wait to spruce up my garden.

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Chereen P
Thank you for sharing your story, love it.
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John

Well done and inspirational.


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Rasha Olama

Beautiful

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Carole Parent

Very inspiring :)

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Abubakr Sidahmed
inspiring experience.
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dlc84

This is brilliant and beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing your garden with us. It is just in time as I need to start planning our garden this year. It is currently 17 deg F. here. I've got plenty of time.

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kvandenbroek

Wonderful video. Fresh vegetables, kids in the dirt and making dinner together. Is there a better way to live?

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Citysens

Love how fresh vegetables can transform life. We've designed a self-watering vertical urban garden to enjoy herbs and vegetables indoors. Have a look!

Jardín vertical en casa de Jhoanna y família · More Info



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dawn lamm

Where do the trellises come from?

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lkershner

who did your cor ten steel work?

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Yany

Such a beautiful and inspiring story! Thank you for sharing. Dreaming about my backyard projects for this upcoming Spring.

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Alex Landry, Realtor

I love everything about the beds and plants. Not sure if it produces enough to feed them, but the focus of this video is not homesteading, so I am enjoying it for the visual charm and the cute kids...

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Stephanie Rountree

Love it! This is how we should all do it. Thanks for sharing.

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Carolina Shore Cleaning LLC
this is the best thing I've read in a few days! Makes me want to change my life style.
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capeanner

I am floored by the number of fruit trees! How old are they, how much fruit do they produce and do they require spraying? I planted a Meyer lemon in FL. Although it is still alive and has actually grown the leaves always look gnarly and it is not producing fruit. I have sprayed with a home made concoction of eco friendly ingredients, but it doesn't seem to have helped much. I would also like to try a fruit tree in MA, but am leery of the need to spray. Any suggestions for either location?

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Rania Beaudry
Beautiful!!!
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AP P
brilliant! perfect inspiration with the plans to start on gardening this year. def taking a page...book. : - )
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Pamela Herron
I would also like to know the source for the Cor-ten steel planters. If there is someone in the Bay Area please post their info!
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designsteph33

I too would love to know about the Cor-ten steel planters and trellises. Thank you!

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Omega Diengdoh

Amazing... You are role models... I am truly inspired in more ways than one... Thank you for sharing.... Keep up the great work..

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MinAmsterdam

I love the story and it's wonderfully done, but... how much time does such a garden consumes? I'd love to know if the homeowners have (both) jobs outside the house. I've had a tiny balcony garden for a couple of years, and even that was challenging to maintain -water, fertilize, un-weed, trimming, fighting plagues, cleaning...- when you have a full time job, kids, etc..

   
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reneermj

Genius! Nutritious, delicious and lovely to look at!

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marsia

Love how much they packed into such a small plot and how beautiful it all is! How much does Cor-ten steel cost per square foot and to have welded into planters? Looks expensive but really nice!

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Suhaila Dashti

Love it, very inspiring and will definitely try it at home

   
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Mike Greenfield

Thanks for all of the kind comments! And of course to the team at Houzz for making this cool video of our garden!

BaDesign in Oakland did the Cor-ten fabrication (as well as landscape architecture design) -- not cheap, but they do great work!

Elaine and I both work full-time. We get a lot of garden help from Pine House Edible Gardens -- they come and do a lot of the heavier lifting once every 4-6 weeks. They deserve most of the credit for the bounty we get!

Some of the fruit trees do very well, some not so much. We usually get tons of lemons (meyer), limes (kaffir and bearss), plums (Santa Rosa plus two small kinds), apricots (Blenheim), figs (black mission), persimmons, and passionfruits -- and we make jam with whatever we can't eat. We get moderate numbers of berries (blackberries, boysenberries, golden raspberries, blueberries), pears, oranges, pomegranates, and grapes. We haven't done well so far with kiwis, cherries, peaches, and pawpaws.

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nadsharris

For anyone looking for the designer who made those gorgeous planters, you can find it at http://www.badesignlab.com. They are awesome!!! Love their stuff!

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I'm Jennifer with BaDesign. My husband and I designed and made all the cor-ten steel elements as well as designed the overall space. Please contact me if you want more information at jennifer@bafdf.com. We have a Houzz page as well where you can see other projects that we have worked on.

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capeanner

Year #3. Still waiting for my 1st lemon. The "tree" is looking more like a bush, but that seems more or less normal from what I have seen on you tube re pruning. Sounds like I need help from an "edible garden" person.

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Alex Landry, Realtor

@capeanner I grow a lot of lemons and had over 800 pounds of lemons from 3 trees in Austin, TX. The trees are in a sheltered location in the ground, and when they were little I cut off all the lemons so that the tree could focus on growing a strong canopy and roots. Make sure you also fertilize the tree 3-4 times a year, use only citrus Tone, an organic fertilizer for citrus. The gnarled leaves could be a leaf miner that really does not hurt the tree, or you could have citrus greening, which is really hurting the citrus industry in Florida. My gut is you have the leaf miner, which is not really a big deal, other than aesthetically. Be patient, fertilize and water and I bet you will get more lemons as the tree grows.....

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Alex Landry, Realtor

@Mike Greenfield my guess is the peaches you have need more chill hours-they are very tricky to grow. Kiwis need acid soil, so you could try an acidifier amendment. Cherries I hear are also tricky. Don't know much about pawpaws. I am sure you have visited your extension website-they always have master gardeners who have secret tips

   
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Alex Landry, Realtor

@capeanner yes, you want more of a bush shape for a meyer lemon in the home garden, unless you are doing an espalier against a wall. Either way, let the tree grow into its natural bushy shape-that bushiness protects the main trunk from sunburn. As long as the tree is getting bigger each year and you have good soil, mulch(but not too close to the trunk), and organic citrus fertilizer, the tree will mature and eventually you will get lemons. By the time it is 10 years in the ground you will have way more lemons than you need-which is why I now find myself selling organic lemons as an urban hobby gardener-my whole crop gets snapped up.

Good luck!


   
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Pamela Herron
Regarding pawpaws, they are native to forests in Kentucky. They do not do well on their own as a single tree. Their natural growth pattern would be part of a complex forest community. They might not like the saltiness of the California soil and would need organic matter and probably mulch. Young trees don't produce much fruit if any. It is the mature trees that bear so you might have to invest a few years to get fruit. There's nothing else quite like the pawpaw so I would say it's worth the wait!
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capeanner

Alex, thanks for the advice. I think it is miner; I took some leaves in to the local city office and the little lady there said it wasn't greening. I do mulch and feed and it is up on a berm; I read they like dry feet. It gets very hot sun from the west. It's been in the ground 2 years. Hope I keep the house long enough to see those lemons!




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Alex Landry, Realtor

@capeanner miner hit all my citrus this year-it tends to get the second flush of growth-while it is disfiguring, it does not cause lasting harm. I think someone else on a thread said you can time it just right and hit the tree with some sort of organic treatment-not sure if it is neem oil-I would post your situation to the citrus guy-he has a blog and is good about answering people's questions on citrus....


   
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capeanner

thanks. Hadn't heard of him. I have tried spraying with an organic homemade insecticide. Smells great because it has baby shampoo in it, but not sure if it killed or controlled anything. Tried it on crotons as well, but those didn't make it. I'm here only half the year, so either the plants are hearty or they don't make it. Survival of the fittest!

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Cathy M

I'm feeling inspired to start gardening in my postage sized lot too. Thanks!

   
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liebenswert

Great video and so informative, all summed up in just under 10 mins. Thank you and thank you to Houzz. I just found the Houzz.tv area and feel that its a GREAT addition for home and garden show lovers. I hope it (your tv channel) becomes fully realized in this day and age where our society wants even more of such knowledge with the great loss of generational handmedown wisdom.

   
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Lisa Ybarra
Excellent feature!! I love, love, love HOUZZ TV!
   
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Andrea Francis
love it thank u for d inspiration interesting
   
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Pam Godwin
Raised bed is wounderful
   
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lkershner

where did they source the rectangle pavers in front of the corten vegetable beds in the front yard?

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Dream Plan Developers
thanks for the inspiration
   
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Marianne Chukwunenye
nice garden
   
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subramanian

love it


   
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very mice with rich plantings
   
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Lizabeth
I want to do that in my garden
   
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Qing Wong
Enviable life!