The Garden Pool – Converting a Pool into a Greenhouse

I’m going to come right out and say it up front — this is not a pretty yard, but I am going to share it anyway, simply because I think it deserves a salute for ingenuity and resourcefulness.  I just wish it was more attractive…and I am convinced it can be.

swimming pool garden greenhouse conversion

This is a derelict and disused pool in a Mesa Arizona backyard, whose owners converted it to a greenhouse/ chicken coop/ tilapia farm.    Repeat – Tilapia farm – (i.e. the fixings for a great ceviche) – they grow their own fish in the deep end of the pool.   It lets one family be completely self sufficient with eggs, fish and vegetables in the middle of the desert.  As I said, it isn’t pretty, but there is something here to learn from and I think with a little clever design thought, it could actually be very attractive.  See the whole video here.

green house tilapia farm in old pool

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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.

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