I was recently cleaning out my garage and found an old cooler up in the rafters. Since I couldn’t remember the last time I’d used the cooler, I starting thinking of what other uses it could have. Around that same time, I had started planting our vegetables in the backyard and was quickly running out of room in the garden. And a thought came to my mind: the cooler would make a great planter for my extra kale plants! I planned to keep the planter close to my back door where I could quickly harvest the kale leaves for my morning smoothies.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
- old cooler, any size
- Indoor/outdoor spray paint (optional)
- drill with ½” diameter drill bit
- small rocks to layer bottom of cooler
- garden soil
- kale plants (or any vegetable)
Before you begin planting your veggies, you’ll need to drill holes through the bottom of the cooler to allow for proper drainage. In my case, I drilled approximately 10 holes.
This next step is optional. I purchased 1 can of a combination indoor/outdoor spray paint intended for plastic, multi purpose materials. I taped along the top edge of the cooler as well as over top of the branded logo. I wanted the edges to be smooth and thought it best to leave the logo visible. Ensuring the surface of the cooler was clean and dry, I began spraying the paint evenly over the cooler. This required several even coats but each coat dried very quickly.
Once fully dry, I carefully removed the tape and began to line the bottom of the cooler with a layer of medium sized rocks I’d collected from the lake.
I added a good quality soil with some compost and planted two evenly spaced kale plants: one red plant and one green plant. I watered the newly planted kale and continue to water it throughout the season.
What unused items do you have that can be repurposed into a vegetable planter?
If you would rather buy a planter check out these 10 front porch planters from Amazon.