I bought a kiddie wading pool for Jake last summer. On very hot days I filled it with fresh water, and he would jump in for a quick soak. The racoons liked it too, they would wash disgusting things in the water, so I had to dump the water almost every day. I’m sure my neighbour downstairs didn’t appreciate it.
This year I’m relying almost entirely on neighbourhood lawn sprinklers to cool Jake off after a long walk in the park. He thinks that sprinklers are way more fun than just sitting in a pool anyway. When he spots one, he dashes up to it and bites the water, he jumps back and forth with the spray and generally gets silly and very wet. So far no one has chased us away, in fact bystanders usually stop, point, and laugh. Jake IS a character, and he loves to make people laugh.
That left me with an unused kiddie pool this year, and it’s stored propped up against a wall, going to waste. I had thought of planting something in it, but didn’t follow up on the idea. Now I find out that it wasn’t an original thought, in fact kiddie pool gardening seems to be a well-established practice.
"….One pool alone yielded an average of 22.5 pounds of tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, zucchini and a variety of greens. "