- Water use: 9 gallons per square foot of irrigated area
- Neighborhood: Park Hill
“We wanted to grow veggies and save water. Lawns are boring!” (Why focus on the front? They designated the back as territory for Peaches the Rottweiler.)
They hired landscapers, who removed the turf, built five raised beds and a wall, adapted the irrigation system, added mulch and rock and planted Xeriscape perennials and shrubs. Cost was about $12,000.
Veggies: Why they love it
“People find it interesting and often stop to ask about it, and it’s a fun way to meet neighbors. We love growing veggies and attract lots of bees.”
Veggies: Why Denver Water loves it
This is proof that a veggie garden can be bountiful and beautiful at the same time. When we stopped to chat, we were surprised to learn that Ben was not only a customer but also a co-worker. We’re proud to see Denver Water employees walk the talk of conservation.
Veggies: How it's efficient
They use about 9 gallons per square foot — which is great, especially with turf in the back for the dog and produce in the garden beds.
Veggies: Their maintenance route
They plant their own veggies once a year, weed once a week and water regularly using drip irrigation.
Veggies: Their advice for neighbors
Instead of sending the old sod to the landfill, the landscapers layered the cuttings as backfill behind the new wall.