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My new container garden in back yard

Posted by catherinet 5 (My Page) on
Sun, May 4, 14 at 9:58

I have a big "regular" garden, but I absolutely hate leaning over to deal with things. Most of my big garden is now a vertical garden.

Anyhow.......I've tried totes to grow things in, in the back yard and they didn't work out so well. But I decided to try something a little different, and raise it up.
These are Behlen Country food-grade 70 gallon poly stock tanks. I put about 12-15 holes (1") in the bottom, lined the bottoms with 1/2" hardware cloth and filled them with home-grown compost.

The one in back is up on bales of straw. We'll see how long those bales hole up.
The one in front is on cement blocks and 2"x6" boards.

I'm growing broccoli, lettuces, spinach, carrots, kale, collards, and will soon plant onions.
The 5 gallon food-grade Tractor Supply bucket has a cherry tomato plant in it.
I'm excited about having some food so close to the back door.........and higher off the ground!

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RE: My new container garden in back yard

Very clever,I have a bad back so raising the containers like you did is a good way to go. Looks like your veggies are liking it to.
Thanks for sharing, Christine


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RE: My new container garden in back yard

Thanks Christine.
I'm really enjoying not leaning over!!


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RE: My new container garden in back yard

Hello all
I too have bad back and knees which limits gardening and like this novel idea-- I have settled on dragging an outdoor chair around-- and the pots I use do help -will get serious to design something for when my raised bed gives out
This is a cool idea-- would the bales draw bugs and rodents -- I need something to raise it up--yet my only sun side is in front there fore I need to find something the neighbors will like w/o spending lots of money--all ideas welcomed Thanks Mari


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RE: My new container garden in back yard

Hi Mari,
I was a little concerned about the bales drawing mice. I think the fact that the 2 columns are separated by some space would help keep them from setting up housekeeping. I also worry about them eventually deteriorating. The stock tank, when filled with soil, is VERY heavy.

I think the support of the cement block and wood will last much longer. You can get cement blocks with a fancier facade (like at Menards). Also, I'm thinking of putting up a little wooden fence around the cement blocks so they don't show. Good luck with your project!


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Great idea. How much did those tanks cost you and where did you buy them?


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I got them both through Amazon. The first time there was a $10 off special and I think I paid $143.00 for it. That included tax for my state with no shipping charges.

The second time I got a discount on something I had ordered but wasn't right, plus a promotional credit and I got it for a total of $131.

I called our local tractor supply and for them to order it, it was going to be something like $227.
If you live in an area that has a Blaine's Farm and Fleet, I think they are only $69.00, if you carry one out.
Unfortunately, they aren't anywhere in my state.


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Maybe putting some lattice just under the lip of the stock tank all the way to the ground (or just above the ground) will make a nice planter that your neighbors won't mind.


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RE: My new container garden in back yard

That's what I was thinking too kittikity! I've been looking for some sections of something I can easily fit there.

Fortunately , I live far away from others, so nobody else has to see our funky stuff. :)


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RE: My new container garden in back yard

Looks good! You should replace the hay bails though ;)
I just bought a rubbermaid stock tank from Zoro.com
check them out next time you need one. I paid $77 after a $15 off coupon for a 100 gallon rubbermaid stock tank. They have other models too.


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