55 gallon plastic drums for raised bed gardening?
Someone is selling 55 gallon plastic drums for $5 each and I was thinking of buying them. Here is my plan. Cut each drum into three slices. This would give me for each drum one section with a bottom on it and two sections which would just be the walls of the drum with no top or bottom, and would be about 15 inches high each. I have terrible clay soil and was thinking of making raised beds using the sections with no tops and bottoms. Just lay them on the ground and fill with potting mix. The drainage would just be the dirt underneath, and if roots grew into the clay so much the better. I was thinking if I bought maybe 20 drums I could make 40 individual planters each about two feet in diameter, and still have 20 large pots left that I could use for storage or even sell to recoup part of my cost. For example I would plant one tomato plant in each ring. What do you think of my idea?