TUCSON, Ariz.(KGUN) — John Marshall loves his garden. He’s been growing his zucchini and other vegetables at his home in Vail for a while, but in the past year it became especially important during the pandemic. It’s a money saver.
He also says it’s the best and most relaxing part of his day.
"I used to be a farmer up north, and I always wanted to create gardens everywhere. We have to have something to eat, you know and the stores were getting emptied out,” Marshall said.
John says some thought he wouldn’t be able to grow a lush and green garden in the Arizona desert. However, his persistence was the key to successfully growing his garden.
"I said, let’s try this and people actually said you can’t grow one of these gardens here like this. I said well we’re going to try it and that’s what we’re doing now. I use a mixture of cow manure and the dirt down, and I just water it real heavy three times a day,” Marshall said.
John also has a couple of ponds filled with koi fish to add to his oasis. John says the end of the day, it’s about enjoying the simple things in life and for John, putting the time and patience into his passion is the one thing he plans to do in the years to come. He's hoping that others can do the same in the future.
“It's great, you can grow stuff with your own hands, it only took me a month,” Marshall said.