Woman's 'genius' hack using kids paddling pool to create instant flower bed

She says it saves time and money (stock)
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A woman has been lauded for her ingenious gardening hack that not only saves time but also money. Instead of purchasing containers or wood to create flower beds, she opts for a children's paddling pool filled with soil.

She then enriches the soil with nutrients and plants her saplings, watching them grow into mature plants. She shared her clever trick on Reddit's gardening forum in response to the question: "What's your cheap gardening hack? ", stating: "Kiddie pools. Once fall sets in you can get them for free on just about every curb. They're very versatile."

She further elaborated on how she utilises them, saying: "The sky is the limit. They work well as large-scale container gardens for either flowers or herbs."

"They also make great bird baths with some rocks and a solar fountain. They make good ponds for water plants. Good as a squirrel and fat dove decoy for bird watching too. You just toss some seeds and corn in and put it on the other side of the feeders for the tiny birds."

"You can also use them flipped over on stakes for shade. They also work well as a muddy boot and tool holder. You can even cut them up to make garden edging and fence decorations. It's really endless.", reports the Mirror.

However, she isn't the only one with a 'pro tip' for those looking to spruce up their gardens this summer. Another user suggested: "Baby's nappies in the bottom of your hanging baskets to retain moisture."

Another user shared tips on acquiring affordable or free plants, saying: "When I first moved into my first house with a big yard, I spent a ton of money on plants and equipment from the big gardening centers and nurseries. I was so anxious to get started that I justified spending the extra money to get a head start."

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They continued: "Then I discovered that there is a thriving amateur gardening community in my area: tons of normal people who sell cuttings, seedlings, used equipment, etc, for a fraction of the price that I had paid just a few months prior. There are also tons of local plant events, meetups, swaps, and giveaways."

The user concluded: "Lesson learned: gardening rewards patience in many different ways. Plant people tend to be very generous, and if you take the time to learn more about the gardening groups in your area you will likely find that people are willing to give away stuff for free or very low cost."