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Down To Earth

Garden Pool

Unused pools have so many uses. Think back to 1970's, Southern California. In Dogtown and Z-Boys, the City Of Los Angeles made an official declaration of a drought that meant swimming pools had to be emptied of water. Taking advantage of this, the Z-Boys got creative and started to use dried up backyard pools to skate in, reinventing the empty space.

I always thought of the possibilities and then I had one of those definite "a-ha! moments thanks to a reader tip. In Mesa, Arizona, a family has converted an old vacant backyard swimming pool into a DIY urban greenhouse, called Garden Pool. 


They grow a variety of vegetables and herbs, and also raise chickens and tilapia. This year, the family became self-sufficient getting "8 fresh eggs a day, unlimited tilapia fish, organic fruit, veggies, and herbs 365 days a year." 

Check their site for more information including a video tour of the Garden Pool.

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