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Turn that Old Swimming Pool into a Backyard Garden

What to do with that old swimming pool? If you have an old swimming pool that’s no longer being used for swimming, whether it’s a kiddie pool, an above ground style, or an in-ground concrete pool, these can become ready made garden beds.

Even if you don’t have one, if you’re a gardener, you’ll likely enjoy the video below. It’s a stroll through a backyard transformation of an old unused swimming pool into a garden oasis.

We don’t have a pool and we’re not planning on doing backyard aquaponics anytime soon, but we were fascinated by this concept. So if you’re a gardener, whether or not you have any interest in setting up backyard aquaponics, you’ll like enjoy viewing this schematic and video tour through a sustainable pool garden.

Kiddie Pools for Raised Bed Gardens

These are great to repurpose into moderately raised bed gardens. You’ll need to add some holes to the bottom for proper drainage, and then ideally, add a shallow layer of gravel to help with drainage and to keep the holes from getting clogged up with soil, as well as to keep from losing soil that can wash out over time through the holes as it drains.

Old Above Ground Pools

Rather than hauling these off to the dump once they’re no longer being used for kids, this could become a raised bed garden! You’ll need steps up to is and to leave rows for walking and harvesting, but this can be done using planks or mulch in the walking areas.

In this case, you’ll need a lot of soil to fill it up, in which case you can have a truckload of good soil dumped, often right into the pool itself, to save you tons of time. To start with good soil is to help guarantee a successful garden. So if you’re going to the trouble to plant a garden, you’ll want it in the good foundation of good soil.

Old In-Ground Concrete Swimming Pools

The cost to fill in a swimming pool or remove it, is high. But if you have an old pool no longer in use, that’s a good size for a garden. What if you could use that pool to provide you with fresh food 365 days a year?

One family in Arizona did just that. The turned their out-of use pool into a backyard aquaponics garden… a closed loop food production system. This worked so well, that original project is now a non-profit organization bringing this system to the world!

Transform an old Swimming pool into food production 365 days of the year!

Turn old swimming pool into a aquaponic Garden of Eden.
The Garden Pool System – design and image by

Photo source: Garden Pool1) combines solar power, water conservation, poultry farming, aquaculture, and more to convert water-intensive swimming pools into a food oasis.

If you find it hard to imagine what these Garden Pools look like on the inside, enjoy this video tour. You’ll see a miniature self-sufficient ecosystem.

Super cool, right? It’s wonderful to see more examples of what’s possible. For much more on this, you can visit

If you’ve rehabbed an old swimming pool into a garden, please let us know. We’d love to see it! You can send us an email or post it on the GardensAll Facebook page.

And… if you live in a city or community with an old swimming pool (especially an outdoor version), perhaps that could be upcycled into a community garden!  😎  #Possibilities!


What to do with that old swimming pool? If you have an old swimming pool that's no longer being used for swimming, whether it's a kiddie pool, an above ground style, or an in-ground concrete pool, these can become ready made garden beds.

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