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Garden Pool

Location:  Mesa, AZ

Day Job:  http://GardenPool.org

The Digs:  Backyard, Other, Containers

Crops:  Basil, Bell Peppers, Blackberries, Blueberries, Broccoli, Carrots, Cauliflower, Chile Peppers, Cucumbers, Garlic, Grapes, Jalepeno Peppers, Lettuce, Melons, Mint, Oregano, Potatoes, Pumpkins, Raspberries, Spinach, Squash, Strawberries, Tomatoes

Animals:  Chickens, Dogs

Why I'm Getting Dirty:  I started my urban greenhouse in October of 2009 and I now grow more than enough food for my family of four. I use aquaponics to organically raise my fruit, herbs, veggies, duckweed, and tilapia fish. We have 8 chickens that contribute to our mini ecosystem. I use solar power for most of the greenhouse's energy needs. Did I mention all of this is in an old backyard swimming pool?


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  • Posted by: Up and Growing on June 2nd, 2014 at 09:48 pm

    Love the idea of your garden. How is everything working out?

  • Posted by: on June 1st, 2011 at 01:08 pm

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  • Posted by: countrygirl615 on May 15th, 2011 at 08:08 pm

    Oh wow! I have seen many websites that are for greenhouses and what they do for you, but I would have never imagined this. Every year when I go to Utah, I pass through Mesa to see family. I looked at your website and am definitly keeping it as a favorite! Our family always wants a new way to live healthier!

  • Posted by: RachelCherie on May 8th, 2011 at 09:11 pm

    hello fellow AZ gardener! ; )

  • Posted by: Stonedigger on December 9th, 2010 at 08:04 pm

    I'm impressed. I hope to learn something here. I live in an area in Mesa that was on the original salt river beds and I have so many rocks to deal with. I can't pay for someone to excavate and must learn to work around them and do it in a small space.

  • Posted by: Groundbreaker on September 29th, 2010 at 04:16 am

    Wow! Very impressive!

  • Posted by: Desert Oasis on September 13th, 2010 at 09:08 pm

    Hey! Fellow AZ farmer! Glad to see you here. I have seen your stuff on the PPG website. How did this summer go for you in there?

  • Posted by: Green Desert on September 13th, 2010 at 11:47 am

    Wow! Please post more photos. I love the concept. Very cool.

  • Posted by: Stephanie on July 8th, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    I'm quite impressed. You've done a lot!!!

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