I love my garden at my Denver home and every summer I look forward to supplementing my dinners with homegrown produce. And while I've had a bumper crop this summer with more tomatoes, jalapeños and eggplant than I know what to do with, there is no way that I could live off my garden alone.
That is why I found it so fascinating that there are Denver homeowners that are living off their gardens and actually surviving. A former client and friend of mine, Jennifer, is doing just that this summer and is chronicling it with a Facebook page called 3 girls, 3 gardens, click here.
The page follows three Denver friends with organic urban gardens and their quest to only eat food that comes from their combined gardens for thirty days. So far they are proving that it is not only possible, but also delicious. The meals they are making look incredible and it is amazing the variety they can get just from three gardens.
While this may not be realistic for everyone, it is a great example of how important a garden can be when you factor in the fresh, local produce you can get from your own yard and the amount of water that can be saved growing food to eat instead of wasted on grass. With 50% of all the water used in Denver going to lawns, and the drought that is expected to continue, there has never been a better time to consider converting even part of your lawn to a garden.
If it all seems a little overwhelming getting started, then give Jennifer a call. She owns a company called UpBeet Landscaping, click here, which specializes in helping owners create urban gardens and edible landscapes. Considering that she is living off her garden this summer, probably a pretty good resource to have.