Edible Landscape: Planting A Large Galvanized Trough

by Texas Homesteader ~

I love the concept of edible landscaping. Just because a plant grows something you can eat doesn’t mean it can’t be beautifully incorporated into your landscape plan. I’m fond of adding carrots along the perimeter of my plantings for it’s lacy greenery border. And I love using the bold crinkly leaves of a spinach plant for interest, or to anchor a planting area with a vibrant zucchini plant. I’ve used blueberry bushes in place of typical landscaping bushes. The possibilities are endless!

Recently we had an Outdoor Living room built to extend our back porch. I sat out to Landscape It On The Cheap. As always I strove to plant edibles in two huge galvanized trough planters.

Planting large galvanized water troughs for edible beauty around your home. It's easy and can be done inexpensively too. #TexasHomesteader

We already had one rustic old planter at another end of our porch. I love to plant either heat-loving Malabar Spinach or even Plant Potatoes in that trough each year.

Planting potatoes in galvanized water trough for easier harvest. Planting large galvanized water troughs for edible beauty around your home. It's easy and can be done inexpensively too. #TexasHomesteader

Setting Up Galvanized Water Troughs For Planting

But now we have two new 4-ft wide troughs to plant. We sat them up on retaining-wall stones to both level the footing as well as to give them support. Then we removed the plugs from each of the troughs so they would have a way to drain if they received too much water.

Retaining wall stones and sand footings for support in planting large galvanized water troughs for edible beauty around your home. It's easy and can be done inexpensively too. #TexasHomesteader

Helping Water Drainage

But this is lots of soil (and LOTS of weight!). I know when I plant a large pot I first put something loose like rocks to help with drainage. But what can I use for these huge galvanized troughs? Hummmm…

I know! Last year we asked a bakery if they had any food-safe frosting buckets with lids that we could have. They sent us out the door with about 50! We washed them and used them to store honey and pantry supplies but there were

Just. So. Many!

I asked RancherMan to fetch about 10-12 buckets and lids. The lids were snapped on and I arranged them snugly at the bottom of my troughs. This should allow for better drainage.

Repurposing plastic buckets in the bottom of large water troughs. Planting large galvanized water troughs for edible beauty around your home. It's easy and can be done inexpensively too. #TexasHomesteader

Then I laid landscape cloth over the whole thing and filled the trough with soil we bought for a song from a dirt-n-gravel dealer close to us. No plastic bags to deal with – yea!

Edibles Can Be Pretty

But now that the troughs are set up, what shall I plant? I decided to dig up a small piece of asparagus from the garden and transplant it here. I love the light ferny texture of the leaves and it’s a veggie that gives every year without replanting. Lazy gardener? YOU BET!

Of course I added carrots & spinach for the border as I typically do. Pretty planting and a hearty harvest too. A small lavender plant was added as well for some nice blossom color here.

Planting large galvanized water troughs for edible beauty around your home. It's easy and can be done inexpensively too. #TexasHomesteader

One of the troughs is anchored by a planting of garlic along the back side. This garlic originally came from my grandmother’s house in the 1990’s. Sentimental food! I also like to plant a jalapeno plant in this trough so RancherMan can toss them on the grill when he’s grilling supper for us.

This year I added Everbearing Strawberries to the mix. I’m anxious to see how they do. Since they’re planted in a trough I can cover them easily if the wildlife gets too greedy.

Edible Landscaping is arranged at the base of these troughs as well. I transplanted Thyme and Oregano for this area. Not only was it free but it looks beautiful, the bees love it and fresh herbs are right outside my back door.

Edible landscape, oregano. Planting large galvanized water troughs for edible beauty around your home. It's easy and can be done inexpensively too. #TexasHomesteader

I love our new peaceful outdoor living space. It’s beautiful and the bees love it. And it provides us food too, what’s not to love?

~TxH~

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