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Livestock Tanks...will this work?

Posted by doucanoe MN 4 (My Page) on
Sun, Jan 24, 10 at 14:59

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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RE: Livestock Tanks...will this work?

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

RE: Livestock Tanks...will this work?

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.

RE: Livestock Tanks...will this work?

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...


RE: Livestock Tanks...will this work?

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.


RE: Livestock Tanks...will this work?

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?


RE: Livestock Tanks...will this work?

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.

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