How to Create a Container Garden Out of a Bathtub


Making use of an old out-of-use bathtub provides you with a plethora of opportunities, especially when it comes to using it in your garden. Bathtubs provide an excellent home for an assortment of flora and foliage, from colorful wildflower beds to folksy-feeling landscape decor, creating a container garden out of a bathtub proves to be a simple and creative process for even the novice garden hobbyist.

Step 1

Place the out-of-use bathtub in an area of your yard that best suits your garden landscape theme. Depending on what you want to plant in the tub, place it in a sunny or a well-shaded place.

Step 2

Fill the tub about half full of potting soil. Depending on the size of the tub use anywhere between 15 and 30 lbs. of potting soil.

Step 3

Add about 5 inches of peat moss to the top of the soil.

Step 4

Select seeds for the plants you wish to grow in the bathtub. Wildflowers, rose bushes and creeping vines make exceptionally attractive choices for a bathtub container garden.

Step 5

Plant the seeds into the layer of peat moss on top of the soil in the bathtub. Make sure to follow the directions on the seed packets for each plant you are wanting to grow, as some flowers require different depths of sowing.

Things You'll Need

  • Bathtub (out-of-use)
  • Assorted plant seeds
  • Potting soil
  • Peat moss


  • Texas A&M Extension Horticulture: Container Gardens
Keywords: container gardening, bathtub garden container, planting flowers

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