Galvanized Trough Drilling 101: a different approach

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Galvanized Trough Drilling 101

By springcolor
March 19, 2016

Using galvanized livestock troughs for planting is a great idea, but the drilling is no easy job.

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Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
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grannysgarden
Mar 19, 2016 2:28 AM CST
I plant in several troughs and large galvanized tubs. Instead of drilling holes in the bottom I put holes in the side of the containers near the bottom. I live in an area where summers are very hot and dry. This half to one-inch area in the bottom of the trough acts as a 'tray' does under any pot to catch water and allow the plants roots to absorb it before it quickly drains away. The plants that grow in the ones with side drainage outgrow the ones with bottom drainage.

Note: Holes may be put in the side of these large metal containers with hammer and a very large nail or spike much easier than in the bottom.
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Name: Julia
Washington State (Zone 7a)
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springcolor
Mar 19, 2016 9:16 AM CST
That's a good idea as well. I planted some of my collection of sempervivum in the troughs so didn't want any standing water.
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Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
Region: United States of America Region: Arkansas Master Gardener: Arkansas Irises Bulbs Seed Starter
Gardens in Buckets Garden Art Plant and/or Seed Trader Moon Gardener Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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grannysgarden
Mar 19, 2016 6:58 PM CST
That makes sense Julia. I have dwarf evergreens planted along with spring bulbs, groundcovers, dwarf lilies and the odd veronica. My red tulips are blooming right now. I have a pencil holly in one that loves the trough. In my large wash tub I even have a Japanese maple planted with creeping phlox and coral bells. I try and plant things that will like the deep root system but I am not always successful.
I love my garden.... and Jesus, and coffee, and naps.......
Name: Julia
Washington State (Zone 7a)
Garden Photography Region: Pacific Northwest Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Forum moderator Plant Database Moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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springcolor
Mar 19, 2016 8:00 PM CST
Ok, I need pictures!
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Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
Region: United States of America Region: Arkansas Master Gardener: Arkansas Irises Bulbs Seed Starter
Gardens in Buckets Garden Art Plant and/or Seed Trader Moon Gardener Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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grannysgarden
Mar 19, 2016 10:22 PM CST
LOL, ok. Here are a few. These were taken last spring/summer. I have added a few plants and some of the dwarf evergreens have grown.

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One reason I love to plant in this type of container is because I have poisonous snakes here and I do not like low growing plants that can harbor them as I walk past. This way I can grow grasses and trailing plants and still be able to see the ground. I have also replaced most of my grass with river pebbles/stones. I grow LA irises that require wet feet in a huge wash tub. I put the holes about four inches from the bottom and they thrive in it. I like to grow lantana in old wheel barrows. And I plant hens and chicks in old dish pans. I do not have a lot of luck with sempervivums. I have tried growing them without much water and with plenty of water. They just seem to diminish each year until they are gone.
I love my garden.... and Jesus, and coffee, and naps.......
Name: Julia
Washington State (Zone 7a)
Garden Photography Region: Pacific Northwest Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Forum moderator Plant Database Moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Dog Lover Foliage Fan Greenhouse Container Gardener Heucheras Sedums
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springcolor
Mar 19, 2016 10:52 PM CST
Wow those are beautiful. Love them! We have a vacation home on the east side of Washington and there are rattle snakes there. No gardening for me there, I hate snakes, really afraid of them. Here on the west side of the state just garden snakes.
What a wonderful creative way to garden. Come over to the sempervivum forum. Some of us might be able to help with the semps. Love you Heuchera, so healthy! Thanks for sharing your pictures.
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