Would you like to put some raised beds in your garden that involve no cutting, no nailing, no screwing, and lasts almost indefinitely? Well, I might have the solution for you. It is an easy raised bed. Maybe the easiest raised bed, ever. Hi, I’m Gardener Scott and I’ve been constructing most of my garden beds from wood. I like the look. They’re relatively inexpensive. And it’s the classic raised bed look. But there’s a much easier way to get raised beds. I’ve got a few of them in my garden and I’ll probably add some more. Here they are and when I say easy, I mean E, Z. I bought it. It’s in place. It’s ready to fill with soil and that’s all I have to do. This is a raised bed ready for planting. There are a few things I want to do to make it better, but as far as easy… all you have to do is get one of these, put it in the ground, and you’ve got a raised bed. So what are these easy raised beds? Well. they’re troughs. They’re livestock troughs. They’re for feed or water for cattle and horses and goats and sheep… livestock. They’re made from galvanized steel. They’ll last almost forever. Unlike the wooden raised beds, these won’t break down. You put them in your garden and you’ve got a permanent raised bed. These are two feet high, two feet wide, and three feet long. That’s the size I chose. I wanted two of them just because of the way they look, but they come in many different sizes. I could have got one that filled this entire area. At a nearby ranch supply store I’ve got lots of options to choose from when it comes to these stock tanks. Here are a couple of options that don’t have bottoms These on the inside are about six feet long, one foot deep, and two feet wide. A larger on the outside is one foot deep, three feet wide, and eight feet long. These are some to choose from these are four feet long, one foot deep, and two feet wide. You’ve got two feet wide, two feet deep, four feet long. And right next to it, you’ve got some that are six feet long, two feet deep, and two feet wide. There’s a really nice size for a full raised bed. It’s eight feet long, three feet wide, and two feet deep. Another great option is also 8 feet long. This is two feet wide, and one foot deep. There are even options for round raised beds. Here’s one that’s five feet in diameter and two feet deep. And right next to it is one that’s six feet in diameter and two feet deep. As you can see there are a number of options when it comes to choosing the size of your raised bed. You’re not limited to the little ones I chose. You can get quite big. Just look for a ranch supply store in your area and you might be surprised at what you can find. And when you have the size you like, you buy it, you put it down, and you’ve got your easy raised bed. For the most part the cost of a trough as a raised bed is more expensive than the same size bed made out of wood, especially if you’re just using 2 x 8s or 2 x 10s or 2 x 12s for your bed. It will cost more to get the galvanized trough. For a more substantial bed like this one that I made using 4 x 4s… well, the cost of this wooden bed is about the same cost as if I had done this whole area with a trough the same size. But with a trough you don’t have to hammer and cut and screw all the boards together. You just put it down and it’s ready to go. It’s easy. Now, I could be done at this point. I have these beds ready to fill with soil and ready to plant. But because they last virtually forever, I want them to look better than just bare galvanized steel in my garden and especially since the brand name is plastered on the front, I’d like to cover that up. I’d like to make this system work much better. The first thing I’m going to do is add drainage and the second thing I’m going to do is paint the outside. These troughs are water tight. They’re designed to hold water for livestock. Now, there is a single drain point that you can open up and that’ll add some drainage and that may be enough. Remember, this is an easy raised bed. But for an area that has rain and a lot of snow like I do, well, I imagine even with just that single drainage port the water will eventually fill this trough and now my raised bed, which is so ideal and easy has water in it and will drown the roots. So I’m using a 3/8 inch drill bit to add some drainage holes to the bottom. I have this trough elevated on a couple wooden blocks and so now I’m just drilling some holes in the bottom. I’ve drilled 12 holes in the bottom of each of these raised beds. Remember, this is supposed to be easy and essentially I’m done. These beds are ready to use. But I want them to look a little bit better. If you like the look of the bare galvanized steel and especially if you don’t have the brand name on the front, well, then be done at this point. Your easy raised bed is ready to fill and grow. But I want it to look a little nicer. So that’s why I’m taking this next step. I’m using a clean metal primer and it’s designed to go on bare metal like this. I’ve already cleaned it all off. It’s ready to paint. I advise using a primer. Now, it can be the final color. But especially if you’re going to do additional decorating, and I want to have my grandkids actually paint some pictures on this, you really want to use a primer first. Because of the way it’s made, galvanized steel is often difficult to paint. When you put a primer on, it might peel off. So the best way to make sure that the paint adheres to galvanized steel is to actually give it a pretreatment of white vinegar, just regular vinegar from your kitchen. Rub it all over and the acid in the vinegar will actually etch the metal a little bit and help the paint hold to the surface. One can was enough for two light coats on both of these raised beds. I do have another can. So now I’ll go ahead and let this dry and apply that one later. But now I can start thinking about what the final color will be and maybe some of the designs I can recommend to my grandkids. It’s up to you to decide just how easy these raised beds really are. You can buy your stock tank, put it in place, fill it with soil, and walk away. It’s done. Or you can take the extra step of drilling some drainage holes, as I did, fill it with soil, walk away, and you’ve got a complete raised bed ready to go. Or you can take the additional step of painting it, and decorating it to fit in with your landscape, and it’s still easier than a lot of that cutting and screwing and building another raised bed. If you’ve got any questions about these easy raised beds, just let me know. 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