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Exploring Edible Landscape Designs

Hello, I am Monica Grimbles. I recently tore up all of the grass outside of my home to create a fully edible landscape. The ability to eat all of the plants growing in my garden helps my family's journey to self-sustainability. After all, relying on the supermarket may not always be an option. Even if it is, the food you grow in your yard just tastes and feels so much better. I also like that I do not have to tend the grass to keep the yard green. I change out the plants each year to keep the yard looking fresh and renewed. I will share my plant selections, planting techniques and tools on this site to help others create an edible landscape. I will also discuss all of the ways our professional landscaper helped out with this fun project. Please come back soon.

Exploring Edible Landscape Designs

When the Splash Stops: 4 Creative and Inexpensive Ways to Use an Old Swimming Pool

by Eugene Jones

Whether the kids have grown up or you've just moved on, being stuck with a tired old pool in the backyard that never gets enough use to justify its trouble is an expensive problem. You may think that your only option is to break it up and then spend time and money backfilling the whole thing. The good news is that there are several easier things you can do to turn that wasted space into a functional part of your yard. Here are four ideas for any homeowner.

Build a Deck. Building a deck over the entire pool is a neat and clean way to cover over the hole without having to fill it in. Work with a qualified hardscaping service to design a deck that blends the space with the surrounding greenery -- for example, removing some or all of the surrounding concrete and replacing it with grass and stepping stones. Or integrate a wood deck with a Japanese garden filled with nature's elements and complementary hardscape features. You may, though, need to either build a waterproof deck or add a sump pump in the vacant pool to avoid stagnant water. 

Plant a Garden. Your pool can provide an excellent place to plant a backyard vegetable garden without getting in the way of existing landscaping. Punch some drainage holes in the bottom and lowest sides, and then fill in a reasonable amount of good-quality dirt. The concrete sides and fencing surrounding the garden also provides some help in keeping critters out of the space. 

Make an Outbuilding. If your home lacks square footage for a home business, studio, craft space, or kids' play area, consider putting a roof on the pool and making a working room out of it. You can use a simple A-Frame design that diverts water away from the solid pool to prevent moisture issues. You can even use the space as a simple extra-storage location and reclaim your garage for the cars!

Create a Sunken Patio. A small pool can be the perfect place to design a sunken entertainment feature in your yard. This is another good project to work with a hardscape company to create an entertaining space that fits your overall yard design. You can add lounge spaces, tiki torches, container flowers, and even a canvas sail "roof" to invite guests to enjoy your retooled pool. This may be the easiest way to use an old pool, since the walkways, lighting, and stairs already exist. 

Any one of these ingenious ideas for reusing your old pool can add to your yard and home's useful life. And, best of all, most of them are removable so that you won't risk the home's value should it come time to sell. It turns out that you can have your cake and eat it too.