container garden has anyone used a child's swimming pool to plant in

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I was thinking of getting plastic child's swimming pool and use for planting summer squash and zucchini has anyone done this
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  • Bev HunterJohnson Bev HunterJohnson on Jun 01, 2014
    I have planted strawberries in them before. It kept the plants contained and had a lot of berries. I suggest punching a few holes in the bottom and sprinkle about a one inch layer of gravel in the bottom for drainage. I have never planted anything else in them but I say give it a shot.
  • Betty Betty on Jun 01, 2014
    Thanks for the answers, but I'm still hoping for more ideas.
  • Jennifer G Jennifer G on Jun 01, 2014
    I planted in one years ago for my patio garden (I lived in a Townhouse with NO yard and only a small 9' x 4' enclosed concrete patio. It worked great, but definitely punch in some drainage holes and use gravel or broken pottery over the holes and good soil so it will hold moisture but still drain all season. Shallow rooting plants do best, like herbs. My zucchini did well, but my tomatoes had roots trailing out the bottom through the holes LOL! Try smaller (or cherry) varieties and maybe you won't have that issue. Mine still produced a lot of tomatoes, so it didn't really hurt it.
  • Judy Judy on Jun 01, 2014
    Have a niece in California living in apartment with no yard that uses the smaller pools for her garden. Squash, radishes, etc. Says it's better than not having one.
  • Sheila Conlon Sheila Conlon on Jun 01, 2014
    I also reuse 5 gal buckets for planting containers I drill 7 holes in the bottom and give about 2" rock base, to ensure good drainage. I have grown tomatoes this way for years.
  • Dfm Dfm on Jan 02, 2016
    kiddie pools the firmer plastic kind- not the blow up type- work very well, my mom grows tomatoes in hers. This is what she does- put landscape fabric over the cracks/ holes to keep the dirt in, and to let water out. put about 2 inches of dirt in bottom of pool, set tomatoes in place spreading out some of the root system. fill the pool with enough dirt that it reaches the first set of leaves above the root system. monitor the soil moisture level daily or even add a product like "soil moist" , and don't forget a sustained release fertilizer. now how many tomatoes/ peppers/ carrots etc. to plant. This is where the square foot gardening method comes into play.
  • Melissa Melissa on Mar 10, 2016
    Concrete mixing tubs are pretty sturdy, shallow, and are usually black instead of colored/patterned kiddie pools.. The square shape might work better than the round pools. I've seen people use them to grow lettuce and herbs under lights in the basement so they should work well for outdoors too if you add drainage hols.
  • Mar16247413 Mar16247413 on Apr 17, 2018
    people put holes in the lower sides and use "walmart" blue cloth bags for the containers. walmart bags fifty cents each work best 1 bag per plant and excess water will drain out holes
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