Couple shares green thumbs and 50-year-old garden

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) It all started in 1961 when Ed and Paula Loshbaugh moved into their home on 28 Road and decided to plant some vegetables in the backyard.

"It doesn't seem like work to me," said Ed Loshbaugh. "I can get up in the morning and go out and weed the carrots, hoe a little bit of garden."

Now, the vegetable patch is 160 square feet and the couple also turned an empty lot next door into a flower garden complete with a fish pond.

"It's a lot of work, but it really has its own rewards in that you can kind of shut out the rest of the world and come out here and it's your own little paradise," said Paula Loshbaugh.

Paula Loshbaugh spends six hours a day maintaining the flower garden, while her husband focuses his efforts on the vegetable garden. After all the hard work, the couple try to enjoy the tranquility their garden provides, she said.

"Everyday we have coffee break here and it doesn't matter if it's noon, one oclock, two o'clock," Paula Loshbaugh said. "But we always sit out here by the pond so we can hear the water and it is just very peaceful."

The Loshbaugh's garden was one of eight featured in the 22nd Annual Garden Tour from Saturday, Aug. 24, through Sunday, Aug. 25.