Livestock Tanks...will this work?

doucanoeJanuary 24, 2010

I want to make a couple of small raised beds in my back yard for veggies. I am wondering if galvanized livestock ranks/troughs would work for these.

Your thoughts/comments/ideas would be appreciated.


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Tanks? How big are they? Are there holes in the bottom for drainage? Will they be raised beds or containers?

    Bookmark   January 26, 2010 at 9:53AM
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leftwood(z4a MN)

They ought to work nicely, especially for warm season vegetables- beans cukes squash tomatoes peppers etc.
best without bottom though, or you'll need a bunck of serious drainage holes.

    Bookmark   January 27, 2010 at 7:41PM
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They should work fine, in fact in australia they use them for that purpose quite a lot, as they are cheaper to ship than wood. try googling images, some are even painted cute colors...


    Bookmark   January 28, 2010 at 2:23PM
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chevy57red(3/4 MN)

They work!!
I used stock tanks for many years. When I gave up having a large garden I went around the countryside and bought the old and rusty tanks from neighbors. Filled them with black dirt and planted tomatoes, cukes, peppers and even egg plants and lots of flowers. I also bought old metal molasses barrels at our local feedmill and planted in those.
It sure made it a lot easier than all of that bending over in the old veggie garden.

    Bookmark   March 6, 2010 at 7:26AM
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Thanks for the replies. I am also looking for other ideas. I think concrete block beds may be a little less expensive.

What other large containers could I consider?


    Bookmark   March 8, 2010 at 10:50AM
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mnwsgal 4 MN(4)

I made two raised beds using large square patio blocks that I got on sale about 10 years ago. I placed two per side on end partially into the soil. At about $2 per block that was less than $16 dollars. I think those blocks cost $3-4 now.

Last year I had to dig some of the soil away from the inside to reposition one side which had pushed outwards a bit. Just pushed it back into place and replaced the soil. This makes for a tall raised bed which was what I wanted.

    Bookmark   March 8, 2010 at 2:43PM
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