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Post  JK on 2/3/2012, 9:31 pm

Im going by the book on my first two 4x4 boxes but while I am at it... I have a some sort of jacuzzi type tub that was in the yard with a bunch of other random stuff when we first moved in. I have not measured it but it looks around 5ft across and about 1.5 - 2ft deep. I guess its made of fiberglass?

Basically, is it safe to fill it up and use it for a round box?

It has a hole in the dead center for where the drain would have been and im sure I can stab more holes if needed. Wondering if maybe I could use it as a big container for spuds or maybe a dedicated herb plot. Assuming the safety answer is yes Im open to suggestions on the best way to utilize it. Smile

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Post  walshevak on 2/3/2012, 9:41 pm

It would also be great for any plant that needs corraling from underground root spread. First thing that comes to mind is honeysuckle. I love it, the smell is fantastic, but it will take over. Bamboo does that too. Do raspberries and blackberries spread out from roots? If so, here is a bed for them. And I like your idea for potatos.

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Post  newstart on 2/3/2012, 9:44 pm

sounds like it could work for alot of thing. I was thinking sunchokes. it would be great for somthing that could over take your garden. I'm sure someone here will tell you better
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Post  LaborDay RN on 2/3/2012, 10:40 pm

Kansas State University includes fiberglass pots in it's list of acceptable growing containers. Sounds like it would be a wonderful use of your available resources. I would use it to plant just about anything I would plant in my SFG. Do you happen to have a pic??

http://www.ksre.ksu.edu/library/hort2/mf2873.pdf
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Post  RoOsTeR on 2/3/2012, 10:53 pm

Nice find LaborDay

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Post  LaborDay RN on 2/3/2012, 10:55 pm

thanks Rooster Very Happy
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Post  Furbalsmom on 2/4/2012, 12:04 pm

Jacuzzi gardening, huh? Very Happy

Sounds like fun, but, can you reach into it from the sides to the middle? Pretty long stretch I'm thinking. Might be good for some bush type squash around the outside edge. They take up so much room in a standard SFG, but you might be able to put in at least four and thats a lot of summer squash.

It seems you would need more drainage holes. Is it installed above ground?
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Post  JK on 2/4/2012, 8:19 pm

Laborday - Thanks for the link Smile, the safety aspect was one of my main concerns. I can get some pics of it I just cant post them until monday when Im back at work on a decent internet connection.

Furbalsmom - Its a slight stretch but I can reach into the middle, I'm right at 6ft. As for installation... its currently standing on its side leaned against an out building lol. I was thinking of maybe half burying the tub? There is a drain hole in the center that I think was around 2 inches or so around but it would be no problem to stab as many holes as needed all over the bottom.

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Post  CarolynPhillips on 2/4/2012, 10:59 pm

Tubs are the Best~~~! easy. congrats.
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Post  quiltbea on 2/5/2012, 3:56 pm

Sounds like a great planter.

I, too, like the idea of something big, like watermelon or zukes around the outer perimeter so the harvesting doesn't get difficult. Even for a 6 footer reaching into the middle all the time, especially when crops before it are large, might prove tiresome.
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Post  JK on 2/6/2012, 9:08 am

Now that I am back at work with decent internet, here is the tub Smile. I measured and it is 4.5ft across and 15" deep. I can reach the middle with no problem at all. If I do bury it halfway that will make it even easier to reach. Still not sure what Im going to plant in it though...

Picture at the bottom is my soon to be garden area. Picture is looking directly north. The little building to the right is what passes for my blacksmith shop/area and the brown metal at the bottom left of that is a big peice of tin that was laying around. I bent it into a U shape and stuck it against the back of my shop to serve as my compost heap. I have a large number of 1" x 32" boards that i got for free. Thinking of trying to build a better more attractive compost bin out of them. I have about 20ft of chainlink fence laying on the ground... thinking that I may build a frame from the boards and line with the fence.






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Post  walshevak on 2/6/2012, 9:21 am

You need to add this to your setup





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Post  JK on 2/6/2012, 9:29 am



The tub I've got is as far as I will go down that road, and only because it was here when I moved in Wink

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Post  LaborDay RN on 2/6/2012, 10:33 am

Hi JK, I love the tub! I see you are 25 and being 6' tall, with a tub of 4 1/2 feet I imagine it won't be a problem for you. For me.....it would be a problem. Very Happy By the way, you are very resourceful!! It's great to see things being used and not laying in a landfill. I love the idea of the compost bin, but what you are using for compost now is great also. If you have enough extra you might want to think about using some of the chain link for trellising.
I'm new to SFG, but not to gardening. When I'm trying to decide what to plant, I usually keep one thing in mind. I plant what my family and I enjoy eating. I'm not sure if you would have any use for this, but the tub would make a wonderful kitchen (herb) garden close to your house. You could always bury it half way and use some decorative rocks (small) around the edge. I also think it would be wonderful for sweet potatoes/yams if you enjoy them. I'm looking forward to hearing what all the experienced members have to say.
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Post  JK on 2/6/2012, 11:52 am

I already have the conduit mel suggests for the trellis and im going by home depot soon to pick up the netting. I honestly didnt think of using the chain link for the trellis because mel points out the soft nylon netting doesnt cut into plants?

Does the trellis material matter in regards to the health of the plants? Also, the chain link fence openings are to small to try to reach through compared to the 7" nylon netting.

You cant see it in the pic of the garden area but in the center far back is a dense group of pines. There is a type of wire fence around that area that was also there when we moved in. Its not containing anything or keeping anything out so im going to steal about 60 or 80ft of it and use it to fence in my garden area once its built. Otherwise the only thing eating any food from my garden will be the deer Shocked

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Post  LaborDay RN on 2/6/2012, 11:58 am

I think the nylon netting would be a better choice, I was just thinking of a reuse option for you. It sounds like you are off to a wonderful start! I look forward to seeing your progress Smile
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