I decided to post 'wanted' messages on the local Juneauparents and Freecycle yahoo boards, as well as Craigslist. As a result I ended up with 3 pool offers! I could only use 2, so had to pass on one. People were thrilled to find out there was another use for their leaky, cracked pool, and I loved knowing I was keeping it out of the landfill while keeping my cash in my pocket! It's a win-win situation for sure! Even better, one of the pools I was given was not only completely in tact, but was an upgrade from the plain ol' pool that we had for my daughter. This one had a slide, railing, and a drain plug! Anyone who has tried to manually flip over one of these pools in order to empty it will appreciate my joy at a drain plug. Obviously I decided to switch out her old pool for this better one.
Before I filled the pools with dirt, I punched holes all over the bottoms with a drill. It took me a whopping 2 minutes to do both pools. Before I drilled holes in our old plain one, I had the kids test out the integrity of the new slide pool. As you can see, they did a very thorough job.
|It was a balmy 58 degrees that afternoon!|
|Little holes sporadically punched all over the bottom|
|2 weeks later: Onions are sprouting!|
If you are having a late start in getting your garden growing this year, I hope this will give you a kick start and maybe even a little inspiration. Do not overlook the great resources that are found in your local yahoo groups and wanted boards. They can be a trove of free, or discounted, treasures for your homestead!
Hillary At Home