No Room For A Garden? Simple Way To Use A Dumpster As A Container Garden

Vegetable gardens are great way to stay healthy. Not only do you get plenty of fresh air while you're tending to your garden, but then you get to eat all of the fresh, organic vegetables you've grown. Unfortunately, if you don't have a big enough yard, it can be difficult to find the space you need for a garden. Don't despair. There's still a way for you to grow fresh vegetables in your yard, especially if you have some room on your driveway.

All you have to do is put a different spin on the term "dumpster diving." Dumpsters provide the perfect amount of space to grow a nice vegetable garden right on your driveway. All you have to do is have a dumpster delivered to your home and you can begin growing your own fresh vegetables. Here are some step-by-step instructions for creating your own dumpster garden.

Wash the Dumpster

Dumpsters are notoriously dirty. Before you plant your garden, you'll need to thoroughly wash the inside of the dumpster.

Supplies You'll Need

  • Step ladder
  • Garden hose
  • High pressure nozzle
  • 1 cup of dish detergent
  • Push broom
  • Sump pump


  • Climb up on your step ladder.
  • Attach the high pressure nozzle to your garden hose and spray the inside of your dumpster.
  • Add your dish detergent and use your push broom to scrub out the dumpster.
  • Place the sump pump inside the dumpster and turn it on.
  • Allow the soapy water to drain out of the dumpster as you rinse it with fresh water.
  • Once all the soapy water has been drained and the dumpster has been rinsed, you can turn the sump pump off and remove it.

Create the Garden

Before your dumpster can be used as a garden, you'll need to create a drainage system. Since you can't drill holes in the bottom of a rental dumpster, you can create a natural drainage system using sand and gravel. Pour a 50 lb. bag of sand into the dumpster and smooth it out with a rake. The sand will absorb the drainage water. Next, add about a 2" thick layer of gravel to the bottom of the dumpster. This will allow the drainage water to filter slowly through to the sand, which will allow more of the water to stay in the soil where it can be absorbed by your plants. Now, fill the dumpster with clean top soil and then add your plants. You can reuse your garden throughout the year to grow fresh, seasonal produce.

You don't have to do without fresh vegetables just because you don't have room in your yard to grow them. Purchase a used dumpster from a local refuse company, such as Ware Disposal, and get started on your garden.