One of the problems of getting old is that you don’t bend over as easy as you used to. My wife has wanted to try some raised planters for a while, to see if it is easier on her back. Well I promised her some.
So I thought I would go and buy some redwood and throw a couple of raised planters together. That was before I got sticker shock at the lumberyard caused by the price of redwood. So I decided I had to find a cheaper way. I couldn’t find a good deal on scrap lumber, so I went in another direction.
I found a good deal on drinking troughs for life stock. They are made by Rubbermaid and are 52 inchs long by 30 inches wide and just the right height for her. They already came with a drain plug in the bottom and were ready to be filled. There were a lot cheaper than redwood and a lot less work than building redwood planters.
We bought five of them and put them in the backyard by the house. We filled the bottom 5 or 6 inches with small rock and then covered the rock with filter cloth to keep the dirt from clogging the drain.
The rest was then filled with compost. My father who will be 91 in a few weeks has been making huge piles of compost. The mix he has been making is one we have used in planters before without any problems. The piles are so big he uses his backhoe to mix them.
The raised planters are now filled with dirt and are ready for my wife to start planting. She is going to try some square foot gardening in them. We will let you know how it works.