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Fuel Oil Barrel Helps Keep Gardening
Thanks to an old 265-gal. fuel oil barrel cut in two, Rose Mogensen can still grow a garden. At 75, the Brainerd, Minn., woman gardens from a motorized cart due to arthritis, the loss of a leg and an ankle brace.
  "I planted my garden about two weeks ahead of everyone," Mogensen says, noting the barrel's steel helps warm the soil. In 2010, she harvested her first carrots, peas and potatoes on June 29.
  A friend had an old, unused barrel, and Mogensen's grandson cut it in two with a welding torch after first purging the tank. Family members bolted on 1 1/2-in. pipe legs so the beds are about table height. They put holes in the bottom of the barrel halves and thoroughly washed them out before filling them with soil from a nursery. Mogensen added composted cow manure for fertilizer.
  "It's so easy to take care of," she says. She can easily reach to the center of the 4-ft. bed to plant, weed, water and harvest. One barrel half has rows of carrots, onions and radishes. Another has peas and tomatoes. Mogensen also has 50-gal. plastic barrels filled with beans and cucumbers.
  "It's something that most anybody who can't get on the ground can do," she says. "A lot more people are gardening now, because groceries are so high. You can grow what you like."
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Rose Mogensen, Brainerd, Minn. 56401 (antieuj@brainerd.net).

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2011 - Volume #35, Issue #4