Grow Your Own – Reclaiming Pools for Food!

Backyard Swimming Pool

I have a confession to make:

I am awful at getting plants to grow.

And it bothers me. I would love to be able to say that I could supplement my groceries with things I grew myself. It would be turning traditionally unproductive space into something useful, reducing the inefficiencies in the transportation of our food, redirecting my funds to savings goals and all sorts of things that I love.

Yes, I do realize there are inherent inefficiencies in micro-scale farming, but, I think the positives outweigh the negatives.

All of this is a preamble to this article and video I saw the other day.  On first blush, when I saw they were reclaiming pools for food, I thought it was going to be a horrible hack-job of just leaving a pool in the middle of a yard and dumping some dirt into it.

Thankfully, that was not the case. This family has created a highly efficient, micro-ecosystem in their backyard, using a lot of permaculture design principles.  I do not know if they are versed in permaculture, or not, as I didn’t look too far beyond the original article.

Here is the video, that shows how they are reclaiming pools for food.  Pools with an s, because now they show others how to do it.

Personally, I found the article more interesting than the video, though, as it goes into a lot more detail.

You can read the original article These folks feed their family with a garden in their swimming pool — and you can, too, from

I think it’s a good use of backyard space. What do you think?

About Marie

Marie is a young professional who is prone to angry verbal outbreaks directed at the TV when politicians and journalists don't understand math and economics. Delicious food, traveling near and far, attempts to learn other languages and books about global development keep her happy.

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