Re: [gardeners] Re£ Ķgardeners’ Re£ gardenersBasil

Kay Lancaster (
Thu, 7 May 1998 09:38:52 -0700 (PDT)

On Thu, 7 May 1998 wrote:

> I am looking for information on a method of using PVC oioe in the
> garden. One would put a number of holes in the pipe¬ fill it with dirt
> and insert the pipe vertically in the ground. Plants would be inserted
> in the holes in the pipe. As the plants grow they cascade down the pipe
> for what could be a spectacular effect. Have you ever heard of anything
> like thisů–†–†Thanks.–†–†Gerry–†

I've seen this done with a wooden post, with wire wrapped around the
outside leaving about a 6" space that is lined with burlap and stuffed
with soil.  This sort of arrangement needs to have a way to get water
down to the roots of the bottom plants, so drip irrigation or a way to
water from several levels (and not just the top of the pipe) will 
be important.

My concern with using PVC is the relatively small diameter (hence small
soil volume) of most PVC pipe.  The growth of the top of the plant is
limited by the growth of the root ball, as anyone who's left a plant
in a pony pack too long will attest.  ;-)

Kay Lancaster