Friday, January 9, 2015

I Blame Ravenna

.. and her recent posts about gardening for the current ideas buzzing around my head.

See, last year I wanted to establish a garden. I did a lot of reading and even ordered some seeds and raspberry bushes and started them. However, one thing didn't lead to another and with the torrential rain we had this summer, everything I started kind of died and none of it was put in the ground. The raspberry bushes were killed in their pot, I think due to poor drainage.

The other thing that held me back was (a) I didn't want to dig a garden. I did that as a kid. Its not fun. Or easy. And (b) building a wooden raised bed garden carries with it its own set of unique complications in addition to cost. Like power tools, which I am not completely confident in using.

However, I *may* have found a workable solution in the form of galvanized steel stock tanks. A couple holes in the bottom for good drainage, a layer of gravel, then landscaping fabric or newspaper, fill the rest with soil, and I should be good to go. Here is an example of a stock tank raised bed garden by Jessica at New Home Economics.

Now the trick will be to figure out what size I want and get it here. I'm thinking we'll start small. Amazon is selling a 2 foot diameter, 1 foot deep galvanized steel tub for $30. While it isn't as conveniently shaped at a square tub, I could probably make a pretty good start at square foot or vertical gardening with vine plants in it.

The other thing I was looking at today was vertical gardening. I would really love to put in a privacy fence at some point and if I did, it would give me lots of options for vertical gardening. However, I may be able to work something out on the back of the garage.

Example of Vertical Gardening. Source:

Look! You can even grow squash on a vertical garden!

Once the books I ordered on gardening arrive, I'll be able to make more definite plans. In the meantime, happy day dreaming!


  1. Heather had some great idea on using section of gutter to grow some things that didn't need deep roots (I cannot remember what it was at the moment). She did a ton of research for the community garden. I've also heard of people using old tires filled with dirt as mini raised beds. This could be an interesting summer! :)

    1. The one thing I've read so far is that lettuce does not need deep roots, but I'm hoping there are more. Again, I would love a privacy fence so that I have somewhere to hang stuff and so the neighbor's overzealous dog doesn't bark at me when I'm in my backyard.