|This was so simple that it only took me three years to figure it out. The draw string allows the entire bottom edge to be tightened around the circumference, sealing out the wind.|
|Cinched and tied, as easy as pie. Very quick and hassle-free to put on and take off. This is a 6-foot diameter stock tank with a 9' x 9' drawstring tarp.|
|Home Depot sells this one, for instance. 9' x 9' is a good size for a 6' round tank. The vault in the center of the tank is created by cutting lengths of 0.5" PVC pipe to form supportive hoops.|
|In warmer times... one of my favorite photos, taken very early in our property development before we stained our fence and added other improvements.|
Anyway, this approach should be helpful whether you're using stock tanks for vegetables, ornamentals, or as fish and lily ponds. Folks are quite varied in their adaptation of these tanks for personal use, and I'll close with a series of photos illustrating that.
|I don't claim to have originated the idea of using livestock tanks as vegetable gardens. I had my "Eureka!" moment when I saw this news article describing how the City of Houston was using them. |
Screengrabbed from Chron.
|Much of my motivation for choosing stock tanks derived from the fact that my back yard is very small, and we have a dog who necessarily must use the back yard as a potty. I needed to isolate our edibles from her activities. |
But gardeners in other environments had different reasons for choosing these tanks. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center pioneered their use for artistic displays of native ornamentals.
Pic screengrabbed from The Flower Picture Gallery.
|Some users in arid climates use these tanks because they can't put a conventional in-ground vegetable garden due to the need to conserve water. This was another "early-adopter" photograph that was originally published in Sunset Magazine. I can no longer find the original URL for the article that included this pic, but it still appears on Pinterest and other sites.|
|Where there's a will, there's a way: The Topless Gardener used this tank to grow vegetables on top of concrete. The possibilities are endless.|
|A stock tank used as a water garden, design by central Texas blogger Sheryl Smith-Rodgers.|
|I have a small kettle pond, and it did freeze on the surface repeatedly this month because I didn't cover it. I'll be searching for a smaller string tarp now.|