I have 3 BEAUTIFUL cats. By “I” I mean my husband and I. By “have” I mean we are the live-in staff for 3 cats. I did not mean to imply they are only mine, or that I am in any way their boss, so don’t go saying I did!
With 3 indoor cats we tend to go through a lot of cat litter. I do not know how to recycle cat litter, but I have found a wonderful use for cat litter plastic buckets. I am container gardening with them this year!
After using these as storage for everything from Christmas decorations to tools, and even using them as saw horses for painting and such, I got a letter that changed my life. A letter from the HOA telling me to immediately remove the storage containers from my driveway because it is not in keeping with the image our subdivision wants to project. I pay these b-words! So, like a good little drone I put them back in the garage where they wouldn’t be so offensive. Was I just being nice? You know me better then THAT! Was I just waiting for the neighborhood panties to unbunch? Kind of.
2 things came to me: #1 I never want to live in a HOA again! I mentioned I pay the b-words, right? #2 Passive aggressive little old me can make it where the containers could be not only OK to have out front in plain view, but make them hard not to see.
I container garden!!! What a perfectly wonderful idea! The HOA does encourage us all to recycle and have a compost bin (out back and out of sight). Yep! Good citizen of this HOA that I am, I made not only a container garden out of cat little buckets, but painted them bright freaking red!
Turns out it is a good thing to garden in! All you have to remember are 3 things:
#1 Use a spray paint like one of the Rustoleum paints that are made for outside and plastic.
#2 Do NOT NOT NOT paint the inside. It could be poisonous or something.
#3 Drill drain holes in the bottom. This brand of cat litter has 2 raised areas running underneath that are perfect for drainage holes.
Can you see the tomato cages on the right? Turns out tomato cages fit perfectly in these!
I did leave the handles on, but that is a personal preference of mine. I knit a lot, so I will be saving my hands from gripping tiny ledges on plant buckets to carry them, and instead use the handles.
In closing, I think y’all should know these are cool to me on 2 levels. Yes, they make my passive aggressive self feel all tingly where it counts. DUH! But, I also really like these planters!! I think they are pretty and functional. I see more spray painted cat litter container in my future to store simply EVERYTHING!
Oh, and to the HOA b-words … back up on the porch, puppies! The Real Big B needs to move her container garden to a sunny place in the driveway!!!! Suck it!