Last summer, we bought our kids a sandbox. I specifically bought one with a lid so I didn’t have to worry about the neighborhood cats using it as a litter box. I even hammered holes in the bottom of it so when my kids filled it up with water, it could drain through the sand. Little did I know that those tiny holes would prove to be the end of the sandbox.
One afternoon, I opened the lid and started gathering the sand toys for the kids. Just as my son jumped into the sand box, I noticed the sand was moving.
There were ants EVERYWHERE!
I pulled him from the sandbox as fast I could and ran screaming into the house. I guess my kids must have eaten one too many ice pops in that sandbox. And that was the end of that.
After dumping, scrubbing and rinsing it, I put it away. I figured I could recycle it eventually. I had a few great ideas:
I was going to make it into a kiddie pool! (Then I remembered the hundred holes I hammered into the bottom for the ants to use as fast lanes into the sand box.)
I was going to make a ball pit in my basement! (Then I realized I was going to have to pick up hundreds of plastic balls every night.)
I realized that my great ideas were not going to work and I gave up. Then, my sister came up with a great idea!
I could make it into a little garden. I would just need a few supplies and her gardening knowledge and I would be on my way to having an adorable little patio garden.
RECYCLED SAND BOX GARDEN
- an old, no longer used, sandbox
- lots of potting soil
- plant supports for taller plants
Step 1: Clean out old sandbox and find a sunny spot for it.
Step 2: Fill it with dirt (We used Miracle Grow’s Flower and Vegetable Garden Soil) and put in some plant supports.
Update: The sandbox garden is coming along quite nicely. Now that the tomatoes are fully grown, I’m very happy that we added plant supports to keep everything neat and tidy. I even managed to extend my little patio garden with some potted container gardens — my sister gave me some basil and it’s growing like a weed!
Do you have a garden? Is it big or small? Let us know below.