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Name: tk
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texaskitty111
Feb 28, 2014 10:18 AM CST
I have this old animal watering trough with the bottom rusted out. I have been using it for my garden tools. That's nice, but it seems like such a waste of garden space. It is 3' long, 2' wide, and 2 1/2 ' deep. Eliminating anything I would have to dig out of there, such as potatoes, what vegetable can you suggest that appreciates a deep soil?
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SongofJoy
Feb 28, 2014 10:31 AM CST
Tomatoes, watermelon, lima beans, okra, rhubarb, winter squash. Not sure which work best for your climate.
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dave
Feb 28, 2014 10:41 AM CST

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I agree

and if I owned that trough, I'd be tempted to set it up as a worm bin!
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texaskitty111
Feb 28, 2014 10:50 AM CST
I have a place for all those things. Maybe there IS nothing that has 2' roots.
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dave
Feb 28, 2014 11:36 AM CST

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Comfrey. It'll fill the container with roots. And then you can use the comfrey in a nearly endless array of uses.
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SongofJoy
Feb 28, 2014 11:40 AM CST
Yes, and other herbs would work well too.
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Feb 28, 2014 12:24 PM CST
Jerusalem artichokes - keep 'em confined so they don't escape into the wild.
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Feb 28, 2014 12:35 PM CST
Carrots?
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Feb 28, 2014 2:33 PM CST
I have two of those by pillars in front of my barn with climbing roses in them.
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Feb 28, 2014 2:41 PM CST
Perhaps put a liner in it and make a water or bog garden?
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drdawg
Feb 28, 2014 2:49 PM CST
Only your imagination limits the choices. Practically any vegetable that is confined, such as carrots, onions, garlic, lettuce, celery, etc. A large, "patio" tomato would work. Any of the herbs would certainly do well. Of course lots of colorful flowers could be your center-piece. The list of grow-able plants is practically endless.
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woofie
Feb 28, 2014 5:38 PM CST
You could fill it with a variety of nasturtiums, with the trailing type around the edges. They make yummy salad fixings!
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Feb 28, 2014 8:39 PM CST
Sweet peas, dill and carrots!
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texaskitty111
Feb 28, 2014 8:59 PM CST
Thank you all for the ideas. Since this trough is metal, in full sun, and in Texas, I have decided to put peppers and eggplant in the middle of it, strawberries around the edge, so they can drape over the edge and look pretty. I love sweetpeas Cindi but its too hot here. Can't even get them to germinate. Not even in the winter.
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SongofJoy
Mar 1, 2014 4:09 AM CST
Sounds good! nodding
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woofie
Mar 1, 2014 9:26 AM CST
Oh, that will look nice, as well as being tasty! Smiling
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texaskitty111
Mar 2, 2014 3:11 PM CST
This is my new strawberry, eggplant, and chili planter. I filled it with about 18" of debris, per @dave wonderful idea. Then 18"s of layers of mulch, garden soil (if you can call it that), and potting soil. Draped old shirts over the SW side to keep the metal from burning the strawberries. And planted the strawberries, as I had already bought the roots. They are now covered as its supposed to freeze tonight. I will have to transplant some of them later, as there are too many for the aamount of edge I have. I have never once got a strawberry in all my years of gardening in TX. I THINK I was buying the wrong type, as I always got the ever bearing type. ( fresh strawberries all summer!) And, by the time they could start producing, it's too hot here for them. This time I got those that have a big harvest and are done in June.


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abhege
Mar 2, 2014 3:35 PM CST
Frost/freeze doesn't hurt strawberries...

I've never been a fan of ever bearing strawberries. I think you'll be happy with June bearers. First year you will only get a few berries. I usually plant mine in the fall though.
Name: tk
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texaskitty111
Mar 2, 2014 3:48 PM CST
I'm glad to hear that a freeze won't bother them. You have any idea if 20 plants will produce enough berries for 1 pie? Maybe the second year? I would be happy with that.


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abhege
Mar 2, 2014 4:38 PM CST
Probably not the first year. Then they will have runners and more than double your plant numbers. So yes, the second year. The first year you'll probably just get enough to pick and eat right in the garden. Enjoy!!!

We have three 50' rows that are 3 1/2' wide. The third row was just planted last fall so it won't give us many berries, but the other two will. And the first row will be tilled under this fall for a three year rotation. We will plant another new row every fall. Actually, this fall we will plant two new rows so we will have four rows.

Last year we had enough berries for us to eat fresh and we sold about 5 qts. at market two times. This year I would like to make some freezer jam. I may have frozen a few whole berries last year as well. But we have 6 people eating them!

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