How to create a trough garden

Reclaimed troughs can be turned into attractive, raised flower beds that add interest and variety to the garden.

When planting in a trough, it is easy to create the exact conditions preferred by your plants of choice without affecting the rest of your garden.

Alpine and rock plants are a popular choice as troughs provide the well-drained conditions that these types of plants require to thrive.

Here are a few things to consider when setting up your trough garden.

Plants – Select the plants for your trough before you begin setting it up, being careful to choose plants that enjoy similar conditions. Trough gardening lends itself well to small and delicate plants rather than large or rampant growers.

Drainage – If your trough doesn’t already have drainage holes in the bottom then you will need to drill some to allow water to escape.

Position– If your trough is quite large, you should choose its position carefully and add your plants in situ as it will become heavy once filled. Ensure that the trough is positioned away from any overhanging larger plants or trees that could drip in excess moisture. Your trough should always sit on bricks rather than directly on the floor to aid drainage.

Soil– Find out what kind of soil your plants like and fill your trough accordingly. Potting compost is usually ideal, mixed with some coarse sand, grit or granite chips. Depending on the kinds of plants you plan to put in the trough, you may wish to change the PH of your soil accordingly.

Rocks– Once you have added your plants, finish your trough with decorative aggregate and rocks. This will help to protect the plants from heavy rain, prevent the growth of weeds, and retain moisture during very dry periods.

At Beeston Reclamation, we stock a variety of reclaimed troughs, perfect for use in the garden.