Taking Stock in Raised Garden Beds

Add this setup to your list of ingenious raised garden bed ideas.
By Melissa Metz
December 2013/January 2014
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Stock tanks make great raised beds.
Photo By Kerry Wellington

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To make our raised garden beds, my husband and I simply filled old stock tanks, discarded tractor tire rims and 100-gallon water tubs with soil and compost. We put all of these filled containers on top of landscape fabric to keep weeds from growing between the containers.

For tomatoes, I saved 5-gallon food buckets from a local hospital kitchen, and we cut the bottoms out of the buckets to allow room for the tomato roots to grow down into the soil. We are enjoying the fresh herbs and vegetables immensely, and the raised beds are easy to maintain. The hard part is done. Next year, we’ll just add more compost, and we’ll be ready to plant!

Melissa Metz
Shallowater, Texas

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