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Simple PVC planters

Between Sri-Lankan holidays and freak illnesses, I have beenĀ in the process of filling out our new simple pvc planters which we have added all around the perimeter of the rooftop garden. We chose an 8 inch pipe and end-caps, and added 4 inch diameter openings along the top. The openings are about 4 inches apart to give plants a healthy stretch for roots. In the bottom left corner of the image you can also see tiny drainage holes on the bottom half of the end-cap. There are 5 to 8 additional drainage holes along the bottom of the pipe which allow excess water flow to planters below.

To fill the pipes I began layering stones over the drain holes and rough, gravely soil from the driveway. I topped this with layers of newspaper and cardboard to encourage beneficial fungal growth and topped with a homemade potting mix of sand and compost. As the soil settles I add more shredded paper and compost. To prevent deterioration of the piping from our strong sun, I painted the pipes to match our arborĀ and posts. A simple coconut coir rope trellis will support our winged beans making their way up to the arbor. The only tools required were a drill, screw-driver, and hacksaw (which a local machine shop used to cut the holes for us). I opted not to glue the caps on (they fit very snuggly) so that I can empty the pipes if ever needed.

So far, we are seeing success in the pipes among our beans and herbs. Below you can see our young winged beans.

PVC planters

Margie is the founder of IG and is passionate about the therapeutic benefits of working with nature in the garden. She enjoys mangosteen, the rainy season, hammocks, and wild visitors in the garden.

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