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Recycled gardening infrastructure

Stock tank herb planter

During a recent trip to Mark's mom's house (which we still call "going to Ohio"...even though we now live in Ohio), I stumbled across a couple of innovative solutions for garden infrastructure that I thought you might enjoy. First, the no-brainer --- an old stock tank with holes in the bottom filled with compost to create an herb planter. Pretty and functional!

Pallet mulching

Next, I snuck over into her neighbor's yard to snap a shot of this interesting pallet mulch/pathway solution. I'll be curious to see how this does in a month or two --- I have a gut feeling it's going to be one of those solutions that looks better on paper than it works in reality. How do I know? I've tried dozens of those solutions myself!

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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Yeah, at least around here (tropical rainforest Maryland) those pallets would turn into slug convention centers in no time. Believe me,I know. :(

Comment by Julie K Whitmore Thu May 17 08:34:23 2018
Been there, done that. I once saw in a community garden in the next county where they put down old carpet as "mulch" between the rows of what was supposed to be an herb garden. Thought this was a great idea. Not! The weeds still came up between the carpet and it was hellaciously difficult to try to pull the damned things up when it was obvious that the idea was a monumental failure. Similarly, using some of the "garden weed cloth" that's sold in local stores had the same problem. The cloth ripped to shreds when the weeds came up through it, even though there was mulch on top of it, and some of the "mulch" I used was slabs of concrete. I finally found some professional 20-year nursery weed cloth that has done wonders and I didn't even need to put any type of mulch over it. Not cheap, but definitely worth the money.
Comment by Nayan Thu May 17 14:05:41 2018

I bought a 2' deep 6 foot tank to plant in- could not find an old tank. Our yard down in Savannah is very low and floods in the late summer monsoons thus I plant in raised beds and containers.

The farm store I bought stuff at has several with various plantings in them. What they told me to do was fill the bottom foot with rocks, then soil on top, and just leave the drain plug out thus I did not have to drill a new tank full of holes lest I decide I need it to bathe in one day or actually water livestock.

Comment by Eric Sat May 19 17:31:48 2018

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