I’ve been really intrigued by the use of stock tanks for animals as pools, and I started thinking. Smaller stock tanks would be the perfect use for a raised bed planter! I started doing some research about making a raised bed stock tank galvanized planer, because I knew that galvanized metal is coated with zinc. After doing some research, and reading about the pros and cons of planting in galvanized metal, I decided to give it a go.
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We bought our stock tank at our local Farm and Fleet. Here is a link to one brand on Amazon if you don’t have one near you (You can certainly get anything on Amazon!). At F & F It was the smaller of the two sizes they offered. Even though I really wanted a bigger one, I didn’t want to make a huge investment if it didn’t work out.
Some of the tips I read about making the planter, was that there should be some kind of low blocks underneath to insure proper drainage. I bought some landscape blocks at the home improvement store for about $3 a piece. I placed them so the edges would be supported as well as the base with the weight of wet dirt and plants. I used bricks that were low so there was less chance of tipping.
I then added drainage holes to the base of the stock tank.
After my drainage holes were in place. I added a few bags of organic dirt. Some sites recommended using gravel as a base, but I didn’t want to add to the weight of my planter.
Most of the sites I referenced suggested because stock tanks retain heat, plants like tomatoes, peppers and eggplants thrive in them, because they love the heat. They also mentioned the planters can not only dry out faster, but can get hot in the sun (they are metal). It’s something to keep in mind if you have littles or pets running around, to make sure it doesn’t get so hot in the sun you’ll get burned if you lean on it like a hot car. I’ll let you know how it does this summer, and if it gets really hot or just really warm once we hit those 90 degree days in August.
I planted two varieties of tomatoes,
I also added a few basil plants as well.
I’ll be curious to see if they do any better than the plants in my regular raised bed garden. I added a tomato and basil plant there also to compare.
Because the stock tank is about 4 feet by 2 feet, really, it can only fit about two tomato plants once they get to their full size. It looks a little empty to me right now, but I know it will fill in quickly.
I should know in a week or two if everything is growing well. If they do, I would like to add a few more tanks. I’m hoping this will keep some of the ground pests out of some of my plants. I also think a raised bed stock tank galvanized planter would be a great way to grow salad greens, and keep them away from the bunnies.
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