Farm Life: Raised Gardens for Rusty Joints

Getting older slows down the gardening process.  Those joints just are not as flexible as in days of youthful folly.  A little rust seems to settle into them each night, requiring extra rotations and maybe WD40 each morning (symbolically only).  Setting up raised gardens is one solution to the bending, squatting, and kneeling required to get down to ground level.

You can spend a lot of money on fancy and functional raised garden hardware into which you can slip wood, plastic, or metal planks before filling them with soil.  Or, you can spend the winter building waist-high planter boxes.

We just took several rusty water troughs.  We have had these metal water troughs under the downspout of our cabin and garage for a dozen years.  They have enough holes in them that they do not reliably hold water any more.

Hmmm, no need to toss out perfectly good containers, when we could fill them full of rocks, soil, and plants.  Do not ask me to move these somewhere other than where they be.  One-hundred gallons of rocks and dirt weights a lot more than my rusty joints can haul about.  I made sure that I positioned them for wheelchair access some years in the future… just the therapist in me coming out again.


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Up here in the mountains, we have a saying, "You can't get there from here", which really means "We wouldn't go the trouble to do that". Another concept is that "If you don't know, we ain't telling." For the rest, you'll have to read between the lines.
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7 Responses to Farm Life: Raised Gardens for Rusty Joints

  1. KerryCan says:

    All of a sudden, the fact that they have holes in them is a good thing! And they look really attractive, too–it’s all good!

  2. Laurie Graves says:

    Those rusty troughs look fantastic!

  3. cindy knoke says:

    So clever and attractive to!

  4. Lavinia Ross says:

    A good use for old tanks. Those would keep out the pocket gophers we have here! 🙂

  5. I hear you, brother. and glad you said that was metaphorical, or I might have tried the WD-40. I’m that desperate! Those raised beds are definitely an answer. Happy gardening.

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