The area I chose had been part of a walkway that was demolished to repair the gas line. Rather than re-pour the concrete, I preferred to turn it into a little planting area.
My first challenge was sourcing the stock tank. I found that I could order online Do it Best Hardware and have it delivered to a local store. I went with the six foot long, 169 gallon option for $149.99. Once I got it home, the first order of business was to drill 40+ holes in the bottom for drainage. Next, in the bottom of the tank I placed a lot of used concrete chunks that were left from a demolition project. I filled-in the rest with basic, organic potting mix. I ordered seeds suitable for winter weather (crimson clover, common vetch, alfalfa and braco mustard) from the Sustainable Seed Co. Basically, I just wanted to plant something that would grow nice and tall, while fortifying the soil, until tomato season arrives.
To complete the project, around the base I planted drought tolerant plants and made a little path out of used bricks for accessibility.
(Images: Michelle Chin)