Garden Uses for an Empty Pool Filter?

I have this empty pool filter and I want to turn it into something in my garden. Any ideas?

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June 4, 20190 found this helpful

Fill the top with dirt and plant flowers. You can paint designs on the sides.

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June 4, 20190 found this helpful

Cut holes in the filter, fill it with dirt and put plants or flowers in each hole. (Like you would a strawberry pot.)

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June 9, 20190 found this helpful

These are usually very thick plastic and may be very difficult to drill holes (a round object can be dangerous for an inexperienced person using a drill for making holes as the drill can easily slip).

You may be able to drill or punch holes in the bottom but if not, you can add several empty soda/water bottles (lids on) or rocks/stones if you want it even heavier and then fill with very light potting soil.


I would suggest placing it on something (several house concrete blocks or an old wrought iron straight chair or even a large stump) so it would be several feet off the ground.
I suggest this because the higher the pot off the ground the more trailing plant area. I have even added a tall (2 foot) stake to a similar 'pot' with a T (cross) for the vine to grow both ways (up and down).

You can always spray paint the container if you do not like the way it looks while waiting for the plants to grow over the sides.

Things like this make great planters for trailing/hanging vines like jasmine (or ivy) and within a short time your container would be covered over with lovey smelling blossoms and would stay green year round.
Of course you would have to consider what trailing vines will grow year round in your area (USDA zone) and be sure to think about whether your new plant will need sun or shade before setting it up.


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