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Use a Child's Swimming Pool for a Patio Garden

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We do not have a place in our backyard to plant a "regular" garden, but we did have room on our patio deck to do something. I came up with an idea for a small garden using a child's plastic swimming pool. I poked holes all over the bottom for drainage, added fertilizer and soil, and planted tomato and pepper plants. I did the same thing using an old plastic barrel-cut in half lengthwise for basil, cilantro, and radishes. As you can see, all my "garden" products are growing well.

By LisaE from WI


Update: We have had extreme heat the last week, and I wanted to show how much my tomatoes, green peppers, and herbs have grown and that using a plastic pool really does work for those with limited backyard space. I just took these pictures.


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July 19, 20110 found this helpful
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What a great idea! Looking at the pictures this idea does work well as everything seems to be growing nicely.

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July 26, 20110 found this helpful
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Excellent idea and the crops look good. I actually use 8 inch blocks along my fence. I line the inner space with newspaper and dried leaves similar to using a flower pot. For vines like cucumber it is excellent as I only have to use a bread tie or a string to attach them periodically to the fence.

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July 21, 20110 found this helpful

Good job on your garden. Hope it grows well.

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April 6, 20170 found this helpful

How many bags of soil did you use for the pool? Is there such a thing as "too much" soil?

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