Ear to the Ground: The Insider Dirt to Gardening in Upstate NY

Outdoor Foot Rinse

by cathym on July 11, 2016

This summer, the gardening grime will stay outside—thanks to this handy idea I found online. The entire project took less than a half hour to build and set up. As a bonus, when placed in a sunny spot, the heated rocks feel like a hot stone foot massage.


Completed foot rinse project



Construction diagram



Four 1×4 boards (like cedar) cut to 16 inches long

Eight 1½ inch nails or wood screws

Smooth river rocks or stones


Hammer or screwdriver

Power drill and bit (optional)


1. Attach boards together as shown in diagram with either nails or screws. If using screws, predrill holes to avoid splitting the wood. A helper is recommended to stabilize the boards.

2. Place frame near water supply with hose. Alternatively, use a watering can to rinse off.

3. Fill frame with smooth stones, at least 2½ inches deep, but not more than 3” deep. The foot rinse is now ready to use.


Cathy Monrad is the graphic designer and self-proclaimed garden
crafter for the Upstate Gardeners’ Journal.

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