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Old 05-10-2012, 05:09 PM   #1
Feb 2010
Baltimore, MD
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Anyone do any galvanized water trough growing?

Last year, a friend and I placted six rhizomes in his back yard (he likens himself a one-acre farmer) on a whim. He changed churches and moved and we lost touch. The plants did very little and I wasn't stressing about it.

Last summer, we put a new deck on our townhouse and I am now wrapping up a paver patio that extends about three feet beyond the deck. As Ive been working in the yard, I see one corner that gets a decent amount of sun. The houses on either sides of us have bump-outs and under our deck is pretty well shaded. But that one corner gets an okay amount of sun, I think.

My friend's house was bought by our pastor's father-in-law and I suspect he hasn't done anything to the back yard yet. So our hops may still be there if they didn't whither away. I'd like to go rescue them!

I don't want to plant in the ground because the neighborhood association has a service that mows and sprays and stuff. I was thinking of putting half-barrels on the corner of the patio (or just on the ground right off the patio) to raise the hops and keep them out of the lawn.

Then I thought about a big galvanized steel water trough. I'd likely drill a few holes in the bottom, fill it with pea gravel left over from the patio project, then growing medium (soil/manure?)

When it came time for the bines to grow, I'd just put a few lines up to the beams of the deck.

I don't expect much out of them this year i fI do this. But it might get me ahead for next year.

Here's a decent trough at TSC -

I figure I could plant two at maximum, one at each end about 8 inches in.

Am I crazy? Any danger from the galvanized steel? I guess I would have to monitor the pH to keep zinc from leeching out.
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Old 05-11-2012, 04:57 PM   #2
Feb 2011
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Many people plant in galvanized containers without issue. We eat beef raised from cattle that drink and eat directly out of galvanized containers. I wouldnt bother monitoring for zinc. You have the key points right as far as ensuring a high drainage with the pea gravel etc. Depending on the size of the container, 12" from the side would be a little better but not hugely important.

Good luck!

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