|Stock tanks destined to be a garden|
Saturday, February 21, 2015
Starting on the stock tank raised beds
The resident heavy-lifter (man-sort of gardener here) has begun the spring work of creating raised beds out of stock tanks. He purchased them at a place down in Washington state that has cheap prices on such things and hauled them up here last fall. Now, they have been placed on the south side of the barn and it appears he has placed perforated plastic pipes in the bases, with the upwards-pointing end functioning as a port for watering.
On top of the pipes is a layer of river rock, which will eventually be topped with permeable landscape fabric, a few inches of sand, and then potting mix. I have some doubts about the whole YouTube-researched project, but it seems many others have tried this sort of thing and have had success. The home-design website, Houzz, even has a selection of photos of such garden additions. I originally had dreams of a French-inspired gated- and lavender hedge-surrounded potager garden complete with ornamental allium, calendula and sweet pea flowers. He wanted to match the barn's metal roof with the adjacent metal tanks to complete the agri-industrial look. Whatever.