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An Easy Way To Garden
Walter Gray of Vidor, Texas, recently sent FARM SHOW photos of a stand-up gardening system he made using heavy duty black plastic tubs.
"These tubs are normally used to hold sorghum syrup that ranchers feed to cattle during the winter for protein. Each tub holds about 26 gallons of potting soil and compost," says Gray. "I got some of the tubs free from ranchers, and bought the others cheap at an auction."
He made a series of 8-ft. long wooden stands, using four landscape timbers to make each stand. Each stand holds four tubs, with the tops of the tubs located waist high for easy access. He drills five 1/2-in. dia. holes in the bottom of each tub and also adds about 4 in. of Styrofoam peanuts to help with drainage.
"I have five stands for a total of 20 tubs and have grown onions, bush tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, potatoes, and strawberries. I just add more potting soil as needed. The only problem I've had with the tubs is that they dry out fast. To keep them watered, I recently added drip irrigation with a timer," says Gray.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Walter Gray, 3165 Shivers St., Vidor, Texas 77662 (ph 409 769-7069).

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2007 - Volume #31, Issue #4