Rub-a-dub-dub! We’re gardening in a tub?

by Mindy Lockard on May 25, 2009


Hey! rub-a-dub, ho! rub-a-dub, three maids in a tub,
And who do you think were there?
The butcher, the baker, the candlestick-maker,
And all of them gone to the fair.

Inspired by the gracious gardening column in’s May issue: Graciously Green, we decided to take expert gardener, Mike Abbaté’s, tips and start our own organic garden.  

This past weekend we set out to turn a little corner of our yard into our salad and herb garden.  Since this is our first crack at gardening we are starting small…

My dear friend Liesel suggested using water trough for a raised bed rather than trying to build one on our own. Due to past experiences and the fact that our hammer is M.I.A. we jumped at the idea.    For the record, we are not handy people nor do we have green thumbs – a combination that has potential to rack-up one heavy hardware and marriage counseling bill. 

Here’s the project…


First we purchased two galvanized 4 feet x 2 feet water troughs from a local farm and ranch store…


and started digging (Ty digging, me suggesting) … dig a little to the left… oops it looks a bit lopsided… how about over there…?  Perhaps this is why our projects go south?! Surely not.


Next, we added a layer of rocks to help with drainage as our soil has the absorbency of asphalt and looks like it too, don’t you think?  Lovely.


Once the planters were in place we filled-in around the sides with soil and added rocks for a path.


Finally, I mapped it all out as I am a girl who needs a plan. We are so excited to start planting and harvesting… knock on wood or galvanized tin!

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Hollie 05.26.09 at 4:58 am

Love it! And cannot wait to watch the progress. I will live vicariously through you, as we can draw out a garden, but if we plant one, the deer eat it! Thanks for sharing, Mindy.

Amy 05.26.09 at 7:41 am

Looks soooo great! I’m hoping to plant our tomato starts this week. I’m going to try planting them upside down in a hanging basket and then plant flowers on top. We’ll see how it works.

admin 05.26.09 at 8:32 am

Hi, Amy,
I’ve heard about growing plants upside down in hanging baskets. Keep me posted!
Thanks, Mindy

Liesel 05.26.09 at 2:20 pm

They look gorgeous! Can’t wait to see them brimming with green~

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