Square Foot Gardening Forum
[table bgcolor=#000000 height=275][tr][td]

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.


[/td][/tr][/table]
Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» 2018 - First Annual Seed Swap Week - January 20-28
by BeetlesPerSqFt Today at 12:27 pm

» Seed Starting!!
by trolleydriver Today at 11:42 am

» Weight Watchers Turkey, Bean and Vegetable Chili
by hammock gal Today at 8:43 am

» Are vegetables hurt by too much light?
by AtlantaMarie Today at 8:01 am

» Sow True Seeds
by AtlantaMarie Today at 8:00 am

» Colored Mulch
by No_Such_Reality Yesterday at 7:12 pm

» Taking on 4 Season Gardening
by Roseinarosecity Yesterday at 5:19 pm

» Spring Fever Anyone?
by brianj555 Yesterday at 4:25 pm

» Fourth Year SFG in Canada
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 3:53 pm

» SUGA 2017
by SQWIB Yesterday at 12:57 pm

» How's the Weather Where You're At?
by No_Such_Reality 1/17/2018, 11:16 pm

» Senseless Banter...
by sanderson 1/17/2018, 9:42 pm

» Butternut squash, turkey Italian sausage, cannelini bean soup
by yolos 1/17/2018, 9:25 pm

» Happy Birthday!!
by yolos 1/17/2018, 9:12 pm

» N&C Midwest—January 2018!!!
by Scorpio Rising 1/17/2018, 7:08 pm

» Is there ever enough compost?
by has55 1/17/2018, 2:41 am

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by Scorpio Rising 1/16/2018, 9:10 pm

» Gophers
by countrynaturals 1/16/2018, 12:32 pm

» High heat tolerant tomatoes
by walshevak 1/16/2018, 6:03 am

» Mid-Atl - Jan 2018 - Brrrrrrrrrr! and Happy New Year
by AtlantaMarie 1/15/2018, 6:43 am

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing in January 2018
by sanderson 1/15/2018, 3:53 am

» New England Jan 2018
by hammock gal 1/13/2018, 5:50 pm

» My first Attempt
by 21Actual 1/13/2018, 5:05 pm

» Air Fryer! HELP!
by sanderson 1/13/2018, 3:26 pm

» New SFG box-Humanitarian way
by sanderson 1/13/2018, 3:24 pm

» Drafts?
by trolleydriver 1/13/2018, 1:18 pm

» Hello from Northern Ontario Eh!
by BeetlesPerSqFt 1/13/2018, 1:07 pm

» January 2018 Avatar: Surprise Us
by sanderson 1/12/2018, 4:57 pm

» Review of Terms of Service
by Ginger Blue 1/12/2018, 4:02 pm

» DIY Plant Markers
by countrynaturals 1/11/2018, 7:32 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

Raised Horizontal Half-Barrel

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Raised Horizontal Half-Barrel

Post  mapspringer on 11/13/2015, 10:06 am

After 3 years one of my SFG beds has bit the dust (or Mel's Mix shall I say!) Moisture and termites have completely destroyed at least one side board, and so it's time to replace.  Well, I've decided to experiment with (2) raised horizontal half barrels- (blue 55 gallon food-grade barrel laid over and cut lengthwise.)  I know many a folk have built vertical barrel "towers", but a quick g00gle image search only reveals a few pics where people have done the horizontal type.  With holes drilled at the bottom for drainage, and plenty of elevated support, is there any reason this shouldn't work?  Any feedback is very welcome, as I plan to start building tomorrow.

Thanks!
Mapspringer
avatar
mapspringer

Male Posts : 66
Join date : 2012-04-01
Location : Middle Tennessee

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Raised Horizontal Half-Barrel

Post  Zmoore on 11/13/2015, 10:42 am

My 2 cents:
I think it can work fine. Drain holes like you said, with a layer of cloth over the holes to hold the mix.  55 gal barrel is about..  2 ft in diameter and... 3' tall?, sooo you should have about 1' depth in the very center. Theoretically you'd have a grid about 3x2, but the outside edges of your planting area is going to be shallow due to curvature of barrel.  That may not be a big deal as long as your not trying to plant lots of dense planting things like onions, carrots, radishes, you might not be able to fit in that last row right along the edge. 
Also, due to curvature of barrel, your outside edges are probably going to dry out quicker as water "slides" towards bottom center of barrel. It should work.  Heck, might even be fun for something a little different.

OH!!  You could rig a rotating awning for the barrels!  That could be fun Smile
avatar
Zmoore

Male Posts : 225
Join date : 2015-04-14
Location : Virginia Zone 7a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Raised Horizontal Half-Barrel

Post  trolleydriver on 11/13/2015, 10:44 am

The one thing that came to my mind is that the horizontal edges will be flimsy and will need some extra support. This guy has attached wood boards along the edges with a threaded metal rod connecting them together in order to strengthen the sides. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BrL_il7Dk2s

____________________________

Ottawa, Canada
Find more about Weather in Ottawa, CA
Click for weather forecast
avatar
trolleydriver

Forum Moderator

Male Posts : 4032
Join date : 2015-05-04
Age : 70
Location : Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Raised Horizontal Half-Barrel

Post  mapspringer on 11/13/2015, 12:07 pm


This is the model that I had in mind. The edges are simply fastened with screws.  Looks like an easy and (fun!) weekend project to me Smile
avatar
mapspringer

Male Posts : 66
Join date : 2012-04-01
Location : Middle Tennessee

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Raised Horizontal Half-Barrel

Post  sanderson on 11/13/2015, 6:08 pm

I would add one wood cross piece under the middle of the barrel. Go for it.

____________________________

Find more about Weather in Fresno, CA
Click for weather forecast
avatar
sanderson

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 15205
Join date : 2013-04-21
Age : 69
Location : Fresno CA Zone 8-9

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Raised Horizontal Half-Barrel

Post  AtlantaMarie on 11/14/2015, 8:47 am

Agree with Sanderson on that support...  And have fun!!  Please let us know how it turns out!
avatar
AtlantaMarie

Certified SFG Instructor

Female Posts : 4396
Join date : 2014-03-18
Age : 54
Location : Buford, GA - Zones 7B/8A

View user profile http://www.defensivespecialties.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Raised Horizontal Half-Barrel

Post  trolleydriver on 11/14/2015, 9:16 am

Yikes ... now I see another project in my future.  I have a large black olive barrel that I bought last summer and that I have not yet put to use.  My original intention was to use it as a rain barrel or as a composter (placed horizontally on a stand with rollers so that it can be rotated and the contents stirred up). Now there is the option of making a couple of raised beds.
avatar
trolleydriver

Forum Moderator

Male Posts : 4032
Join date : 2015-05-04
Age : 70
Location : Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Raised Horizontal Half-Barrel

Post  Scorpio Rising on 11/14/2015, 9:31 am

What a great idea! Keep us posted!
avatar
Scorpio Rising

Female Posts : 5589
Join date : 2015-06-12
Age : 56
Location : Ada, Ohio

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Raised Horizontal Half-Barrel

Post  Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum