Galvanized stock tanks, questions and feedback...

aloha13April 30, 2012

We are looking into purchasing some large galvanized stock tanks to create low maintenance raised beds for growing veggies and such. While they have them at local nurseries, they are very expensive. Anyone know of a good feed store North of Seattle that might carry them for less.

Also, if you have used them yourself, do you love them? The area we want to situate them is rife with bindweed, so simply turning sod and creating raised containers open to the ground is not an option. I was thinking of covering that problem area with landscape fabric, a few inches of rock and using the stock tanks to garden. Thoughts??

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Hi Aloha13,
I have been researching this very thing and also don't want to pay the high price for stock tanks. Another issue with them is that you need to treat them like pots with the type of mix you use for pots becuase they have no cantact with all the goodies in soil. I am purchasing galvanized steel window wells (like you see around basement windows) and bolting two together to make a planter. They are reasonably priced, come in different sizes and remain open to the ground below. Hope this helps

    Bookmark   April 30, 2012 at 1:23PM
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Some preparation is required prior to filling the tank.

Zinc, drainage issues

    Bookmark   May 1, 2012 at 12:23AM
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finally found a pic of what I'm doing...the wells come in various sizes and also rectangular

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   May 1, 2012 at 3:58PM
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I wonder if the zinc leaching issue would apply over the entire life of the tank versus decreasing or ceasing over time? I grew walla wallas in it the first year I had mine; they did OK, but not quite as well as I was expecting.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2012 at 8:33PM
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botann(z8 SEof Seattle)

I have a zinc coated stock tank with Goldfish in it. No problems after ten years.

    Bookmark   May 2, 2012 at 1:32PM
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schizac(z8 Edmonds WA)

I just installed a galvanized fire ring (which has no bottom) to be used as a planter, 3' diameter and 1' high.

I'll try to post my results later in the growing season.

    Bookmark   May 2, 2012 at 9:30PM
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