Gardening Ideas forum: Kiddie Pool Recycled in Garden

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Name: Frenchy
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Frenchy21
Sep 16, 2017 5:04 PM CST
After a plant swap I usually bring home 10-15 different plants in assorted pots. In order to keep them watered until I can plant them, I set them in a small hard plastic kiddie pool. You can get one for about $10-15 dollars new. It is especially useful in hot weather. Also I use the little pool as a place to split plants, repot plants and any other messy jobs in the garden. Then I store it behind my shed til I need it again. Green Grin!
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Name: Joanna
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joannakat
Sep 16, 2017 5:29 PM CST
Wow, what a great idea! And if you use Freecycle, or some similar neighborhood thing, you could probably even get one for free.

Excellent! Thank you for posting it!
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Name: Liz Shaw
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LizDTM
Sep 16, 2017 8:12 PM CST
You can use these as cheap raised beds as well. When I use them for potted plants, I always throw some mosquito bits in there to handle any standing water.
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Name: Frenchy
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Frenchy21
Sep 17, 2017 5:14 PM CST
Oh and I almost forgot - my doggies love to play in the pool too so I bought a separate one just for them Hilarious!
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Name: Lauri
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lauribob
Sep 22, 2017 9:47 AM CST
They also make great whelping boxes if you have a litter of pups. Plenty of room for mom to stretch out, pups can't get out until they're pretty big, and real easy to keep clean.
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Name: kathy
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katesflowers
Oct 2, 2017 3:28 PM CST
We use the kiddie pool as an oil drip pan for big equipment!
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Name: Liz Shaw
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LizDTM
Oct 2, 2017 9:35 PM CST
I just planted my onions and garlic in kiddie pools. The guy at Toys R Us was fascinated by that.
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Name: Kristi
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pod
Oct 3, 2017 4:55 AM CST
LizDTM said:I just planted my onions and garlic in kiddie pools. The guy at Toys R Us was fascinated by that.


Tell me about the soil you used in it please?
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Oct 3, 2017 2:36 PM CST
I have a kiddie pool sitting in the garage, to be donated to the thrift store. I got it when our oldest dog was a pup, he's now 4 1/2 years old, 106 lbs. and doesn't fit in the pool anymore and our other dog who is 1 1/2 yrs old, 84 lbs has no interest in it but he's getting pretty big for it too.
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Name: Liz Shaw
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LizDTM
Oct 3, 2017 10:35 PM CST
Lin! You've got a raised bed just waiting for you to use it!

Kristi, I use Kellog's raised bed and potting mix. Has compost mixed in. Smells like it's got manure mixed in as well. I get it at Home Depot and it's way cheaper than the big names. Packed into the bag like crazy. When you open it, you have to break it up. So much more than what the bag looks like it holds.
http://www.homedepot.com/p/Kel...
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Name: Kristi
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pod
Oct 4, 2017 5:49 AM CST
Thank you Liz and thanks for the link also. I will look for it. I am guessing you also drilled drain holes in the pool in case monsoon season hits.

The only thing I used a wading pool for was to keep some house plants hydrated while on vacation, It worked well. So many good ideas here! Thank You!
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Oct 4, 2017 6:09 AM CST
LOL Liz ... not raised enough for me; I'd rather have raised beds 4 feet off the ground so I don't have to bend very far. Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Liz Shaw
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LizDTM
Oct 4, 2017 8:46 AM CST
Kristi, yes, add the holes! Very simple to do. The plastic is quite thin. I took a picture of my peas and garlic growing in one of the pools.
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Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Oct 4, 2017 9:12 AM CST
@pod I looked for the Kellog mix this morning. It wasn't available in Austin, nor within a 100 miles of here! Guess I'll have to have a plan B.
Name: Kristi
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pod
Oct 4, 2017 9:14 AM CST
Cute! I wonder if some colors are more conducive to these plants growing well... Whistling
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Name: Kristi
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pod
Oct 4, 2017 9:16 AM CST
Bubbles said:@pod I looked for the Kellog mix this morning. It wasn't available in Austin, nor within a 100 miles of here! Guess I'll have to have a plan B.


On the link Liz shared, it looks like you can order it to be sent to a Home Depot to be picked up. We'll have to explore that option.
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Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Oct 4, 2017 9:19 AM CST
Great idea, pod!
Name: Liz Shaw
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LizDTM
Oct 4, 2017 11:23 PM CST
We'll see how the colors differ. I have my onions in blue pools, smaller and a bit shallower so the potting soil is right up to the top!
And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. -Anaïs Nin
Name: Kristi
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pod
Oct 5, 2017 6:13 AM CST
I really wasn't teasing about the pink wading pool. I would bet there is research out there that would tell us one color encourages plant growth more than the others. I will be interested in seeing how well yours produce. Please keep us posted. Thumbs up
Be content moving inch by inch because, by days end, the inches, will add up to feet and yards.

Fulfilling ambitious objectives is usually done one step at a time.
Name: Liz Shaw
Gilbert, AZ (Sunset Zone 13) (Zone 9a)
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LizDTM
Oct 5, 2017 9:25 AM CST
Oooo, an experiment! I like it.
And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. -Anaïs Nin

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