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Raised Bed Gardening Made Easy With Old Stock Tanks
Kathryn Schultz solved the age-old problem of rabbits and other animals eating her garden produce by planting vegetables in old cattle watering tanks. “No matter what fencing we used or how we secured it, the rabbits and other raiders seemed to get in,” Schultz says. With the large tanks off the ground, those smaller critters aren’t a problem, and it’s a lot easier on the back.”
Schultz’s container garden consists of 6 well-used 120-gal. rectangular galvanized watering tanks, an old hog feeder, and former poultry feeders. She painted the larger pieces a bronze color and arranged them around the circular feeder in the middle. Stock tanks hold soil without bulging because they have ribbed sidewalls and a rolled lip. “At 2 ft. tall, the tanks are just the right height for tending the plants throughout the growing season without kneeling or bending down,” Schultz says. “The soil is deep enough so it holds moisture well, and holes in the bottoms drain off excess water.”
The tanks are arranged over a flat sandy area that used to hold the family’s swimming pool. “We raise tomatoes, peppers, cabbage, herbs and a few vegetables, using compost from the cattle for fertilizer, so the plants really grow well.”
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Kathryn Schultz, 22332 Gates Ave., Faribault, Minn. 55021.

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2019 - Volume #43, Issue #6