I posted a while back about how I often test out ideas to see how they are going to work out. Sometimes it takes a little time to discover what might not work so well. Last spring I tested out kiddie pools as grow beds for my duck-a-ponics system.
Well, I’ve got some results from that test. Keep in mind that these have only been in service for part of a year.
So we emptied the gravel out of the kiddie pool and when we flipped it up, not only was the pallet full of termites but they had eaten through the kiddie pool in a couple of places.
Now I know that the termites in our part of the country are pretty extreme and have the benefit of year round growing seasons but come on, these beds were only in place a matter of months. So the system with the pallet up on the barrels might last longer but the pallet is going to sag in different ways and the pool will start bowing and overflowing at the unsupported pallet corners.
The kiddie pools may be cheap but is it really a savings if you have to replace them yearly?