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Raised Bed Gardens Made From Plastic Barrels
“Old 55-gal. plastic barrels cut in half lengthwise can be used to make inexpensive raised garden beds. They’re surprisingly attractive and offer a lot of benefits over conventional raised wood beds,” says Gordon Mariner, Goodlettsville, Tenn.
He screws the half barrels onto 3-ft. tall wooden frames made from 2 by 6 boards. There are 8 half-barrels lined up in 2 side by side rows. Mariner attached 2 by 6 boards across the tops of both frames, and also above the barrels where they’re joined together, to keep everything stable. He also drilled drain holes in the bottom of each barrel.
Mariner also made a handy roll-up tarp system over the raised garden beds, which his wife uses to protect plants during the cold winter months.
“My wife just turns a crank to roll the tarp up or down,” says Mariner. “She’s able to grow crops outdoors all winter long such as tomatoes, beans, peas, strawberries and herbs.”
The roll-up tarp is attached to a horizontal metal pipe, which extends about 3 ft. above a 16-ft. long wooden frame made from 2 by 6 boards. The pipe runs through 2 by 6’s bolted vertically to each end of the frame. The tarp is screwed to a thin metal strap that screws onto the pipe, with a crank bolted to one end of the pipe.
Both ends of the frame are closed off by triangle-shaped pieces of tarp.
“We usually keep the tarp up during the summer, but during cool months we bring it down at night,” says Mariner.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Gordon Mariner, 1102 Cartwright Cr N, Goodlettsville, Tenn. 37072 (ph 615 477-8099)

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2020 - Volume #44, Issue #2