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Use Kitty Litter Tubs as Garden Planters

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By adding drainage holes to kitty litter tubs you can make several large, shallow planters inexpensively. This is a guide about use kitty litter tubs as garden planters.


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June 1, 2010

This is for fellow cat owners or anyone who knows a cat owner. If you purchase kitty litter in the plastic tubs with wire handles, do not throw away the tubs - use them as flower pots.

Here's how: Drill drainage holes around the sides of the tubs, near the bottom. Paint the tub your favorite color to hide the manufacturer's logo. I painted mine a light green, it took three coats of paint. Add enough gravel or whatever you want to use to facilitate water draining out of the tub. Fill with your favorite potting mix and plant your herbs or small vegetables.

I use mine for herbs or pepper plants. Work great. Why go out and buy planters when you have the tubs? Not only is this economical but I keep at least some of the plastic tubs out of the landfill. Happy gardening and cooking.

By Jack from Peoria, IL

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September 18, 2017

My family enjoyed having a large garden for many years. We grew potatoes, carrots, onions, green beans, sugar snap peas, zucchinis, eggplants, corn, jalapeños, green peppers, watermelon, and cucumbers in our yard. We had edible landscaping, so strawberries lined the walkway and raspberries lined the lot line. We also had various fruit trees - apple, pear, plum, peach, cherry, and hazelnut. Needless to say, we really enjoyed our wide selection of fresh produce that we had each year.

Earlier this year; however, due to circumstances beyond our control, our family had to move. Now, we are in a location where we are not allowed to have a garden in our yard. Although we were disappointed, we decided to have our own "potted garden" on our deck. It's not nearly as much as we had before, but it is still nice to have some fresh homegrown produce.


We didn't want to spend a considerable amount of money on buying pots, so we decided to reuse empty kitty litter bins. To prepare the kitty litter bins, we simply rinsed them out, removed the lids, and drilled holes in the bottom to allow for drainage. The kitty litter bins have worked well for the jalapeño and green pepper plants that we planted. If you don't have a cat, you could possibly ask around to see if anyone has them that they are simply tossing away.

For the tomatoes, green beans, and sugar snap peas, we used large round plastic containers that we picked up inexpensively - they were cheaper than the pots of the same size. Again, we drilled holes in the bottom of them to allow for drainage.

We aren't quite use to container gardening (we are still learning), but we have been able to grow (and enjoy) sugar snap peas, green beans, cherry tomatoes, jalapeños, and green peppers. Maybe we will expand next year to grow more.

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