Gardening In Containers, New Life For An Old Kiddie Pool

Fall garden in the recyled kiddie pool.  Sugar snap peas, lettuce, greens and (hopefully) some spinach.  Next to the pool are some other containers that work well, a large paint bucket, and assorted tubs collected over the years.
Fall garden in the recyled kiddie pool. Sugar snap peas, lettuce, greens and (hopefully) some spinach. Next to the pool are some other containers that work well, a large paint bucket, and assorted tubs collected over the years.

container gardening, anything goes!

I have been a plant lover and gardener for most of my life, and over the decades I have grown gardens in traditional garden plots. I have also grown herbs, vegetables, flowers, all kinds of plants in various containers. For the last few years, however; I have been sticking with containers.

Containers can be moved and stationed where you want. Most herbs and lots of veggies love to grow in containers!! It is recylcing at its (almost) finest, the soil can be tailored to the plants and it dosn't leach out, it is lots of fun, creative, and it is much easier on a persons back!!

The kiddie pool idea came to me this summer. We had this pool in the back yard, and it was hot so I thought my 2 dogs might like to play in it. I scrubbed it out and filled it with water. I don't know if the dogs waded in or not, but that evening the water had leaked out through a crack in the bottom. I didn't want to throw it out and at first I thought about another compost container, but changed my mind because this would be a fabulous little garden!! So that is what I did and here is how I did it:

1. Washed the pool out and made sure it had plenty of good drainage. I used a small hand shovel to make cuts for drainage in the bottom and sides.

2. Moved the pool to where I wanted it.

3. Lined the bottom with a layer of decomposed leaves. I have alot of leaves in my yard and it seems to help with drainage, also I think the earthworms like it.

4. Filled the pool up with several different bags of soil from the hardware stores garden section. I used 2 bags of topsoil and 2 bags of composed cow manure and I mixed in the soil from pots and tubs that had nothing growing anymore. I also mixed in some of my own compost later when the seeds were planted.

5. Watered the pool garden until the soil was thoroughly wet and I could see that it was draining well.

6. Planted the seeds.

Now I am enjoying the way cool garden, and the snow peas and lettuce of my minimal labor!!





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jfay2011 5 years ago

oh, that is fun. Never would have thought of the pool as a garden. Great idea.

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