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Q.Planting a vegetable garden container

Zone Scituate, RI | sharonla added on December 5, 2016 | Answered

Planting a vegetable garden in off-the-ground container. I am wondering if an old oil tank cut in half, legs on the ground, could be used as a container for a small vegetable garden. Has anyone ever done this with success? If so, what needs to be done to prepare the half tank?

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Answered on December 6, 2016

The most important thing would be to clean out the tank thoroughly to make sure no oil residue remains on the surface. If the tank is plastic, it may not be possible to clean it thoroughly enough, since the plastic may have absorbed oil. In any case, you should line the tank with a plastic raised bed liner before adding the soil, to prevent the plants from absorbing any toxins.

Other than this, look over the raised bed articles on the site, such as the following, to learn about soil options, etc:

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