Yay for troughs! Our new property is gopher heaven, so we’re pretty excited about the troughs we bought to grow our veggies in.
Things to consider if you are considering trough gardening:
- HEAT – metal containers heat up pretty quick. This is GOOD news for heat-loving plants like tomatoes, and may bum out cool-weather plants like lettuces. Plant the cooler-weather plants in the center of the trough, with heat-loving annuals or perennials on the edges. Using troughs with tomatoes will allow you to plant them earlier.
- WATER – any container garden requires more attention to watering, from good drainage to more frequent checking on soil moisture. More on watering troughs later – they are perfectly set up for drip irrigation.
- SOIL – it’s important to create a living eco-system in the trough, as it won’t have direct access to the native soil underneath (troughs should be propped up on bricks to encourage drainage). Add compost, worms and natural mulch.
- PLACEMENT – think carefully before you fill your trough with dirt for the first time. They’re heavy and hard to move once filled. Is this where you’ll want your garden in a few years? To move a trough, you’ll have to empty it, so plan carefully.
We’re really looking forward to our new adventure in trough gardening – and will share what we learn here.