by Texas Homesteader ~
I love the concept of edible landscaping. Just because a plant provides 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!
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.
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.
I’ve also used EcoBricks at the bottom of the troughs for a 2-fer-1 win drainage option. EcoBricks are simply a large plastic bottle (such as a juice bottle, etc) that is tightly packed with non-recyclable trash. I packed mine with clean/dry plastic caps from milk jugs, small plastic wrappings from various purchases, cracker sleeves, candy wrappers, thermal-paper receipts, etc.
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 plants and a hearty harvest too. A small lavender plant was added as well for some nice blossom color here.
One of the troughs is anchored by a planting of garlic along the back side. This garlic originally came from my grandmother’s house back 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.
I love our new peaceful outdoor living space. It’s beautiful and the bees love it. And planting water troughs provides us food too, what’s not to love?
My Favorite Garden Hacks
- Easy Garden Planning Spreadsheet
- Getting A Jump: Planting An Indoor Greenhouse
- Repurposed Cardboard Seed-Starting Pots
- 3-Sister’s Garden – The Original Companion Planting
- Low-Cost Vegetable Gardening
- Planting A Large Galvanized Trough
- Using Cheap Biodegradable Weed Block
- Tricking Birds AWAY From Your Strawberry Plants
- Easy Compost For A Healthy Garden
- Propping Tender Seedlings
- Cheap (or FREE) Wood Mulch For The Garden
- Homestead Hack: Remember Where You Planted Seeds
- How Vegetable Gardening Can Change Your Life!
- Easy Deep-Soak Watering
- Planting Potatoes In Galvanized Trough
- Planting A Blueberry Bush In Galvanized Tub
- Stevia – Growing Your Own Sweetener!
- How I Use EcoBricks In The Garden
- Making An Inexpensive Temporary Cold Frame
- Easily Disposing Of Old Confidential Documents