We're planning to use our dead hot tub as a raised garden bed- help?

Elaine Pacholek
by Elaine Pacholek
We removed two very heavy motors from it so it would be a little easier to move it to its new location in the yard. Does it matter if we use the old motors and other junk to fill the bottom, before adding soil and compost?
  6 answers
  • Cindy Cindy on Jun 02, 2017
    I would actually recommend using the motors to fill up the space in the deepest part. I also think you could use rocks. Your hot tub is going to need some sort of drainage system. Can you drill holes thru the hot tub? With no drainage system water will collect in the bottom and could rotten the roots of your plants. I also advise laying newspaper on top of the motors and rocks. And then putting in the soil. (I use 1/3 dirt, 1/3 manure and 1/3 sand) Hope this helps. It sounds like an awesome garden.

    • Elaine Pacholek Elaine Pacholek on Jun 02, 2017
      Thanks for the advice, I actually have a Garden Tower 2 planted with most of our garden, but the tub will be great for tomatoes, carrots, and squash, which can trail over the side.

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jun 02, 2017
    You will need drainage,and I would not use old parts in there as who's to say what chemicals are going to be released in the garden.I would find recyclable plastic instead.

    • Elaine Pacholek Elaine Pacholek on Jun 02, 2017
      Of course I plan to drill holes, I should have mentioned that. But those were my worries, Janet. I keep our gardens organic, so this concerned me. Thank you, I think it's going to be rocks and yard waste in the depths of the tub. Sigh, now to get rid of those motors . . .

  • Wendy Cochran Wendy Cochran on Jun 02, 2017
    be sure there is no oil in the motors. eventually they will rust and the oil will run out. Petroleum will kill any kind of plants.

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jun 02, 2017
    good luck please post pics,I would love to see the finished product

  • Charly Charly on Jun 02, 2017
    Gee. Too bad you don't have an old washing machine to put on you front porch and fill with petunias.

  • Dalyn Mauck Dalyn Mauck on Jun 03, 2017
    Pictures please.