my stock (tank) is appreciating
One of the joys of gliding through Slaterville on a cruiser bike is the slow-going, sight-seeing nature of it. The hills, the horses, the random
junk treasure piles. Like this stock tank, offered to me for free by the neighbor who lives across from a junk heap that hasn’t moved in 20 years. It reminds me of TX and since the bottom’s rusted out, it’s perfect for planting something big!
I wasn’t sure what to put inside it until reading Margaret Roach’s post on putting hostas in pots and overwintering them in your veg patch. The Hosta ‘Sum and Substance’ given by Andrea before they moved would be perfect for our new/old tank. It’s no coincidence that the best spot for it is where the hostas are growing now, snugged up next to the porch under the big Norway spruce trees. This weekend I heard Michael Shadrack, hosta expert, speak at the rock garden society meeting, and came home with a smaller hosta (he’s big on the small ones), ‘Blue Clown,’ so that will go in, too. Along with these I’m going to try the Begonia rex ‘Escargot,’ also a gift from Andrea, Primroses that won’t have enough water where they are come summer, and something to trail over the edge, probably periwinkle. All of it will have to come out in the winter, but I’m hoping it will charm us throughout summer. My honey started to make some disparaging remarks about the tank’s rustic appearance, until I reminded him we live in old servants’ quarters and drive 12-year-old cars. Still not sure he agrees with me, but he is sold on the planter idea and now wants to get one for the other side of the porch stair. I’m on the lookout…
As to how to fill it without buying another 5 cubic yards of dirt & rock fill, our neighbor suggested using recyclable bottles or cans in the bottom rather than rock. He’s seen it done before, and since he’s likely to buy this place to use as a rental when we move, he has an interest in not relocating all that dirt and rock. I think it’s a good idea. With luck, the project should be done in a couple of weeks, hopefully before the hostas break through too much more ground. Pictures to come, of course.