The Tip Shop is a the perfect plaace to find your piece of PVC drainpipe that converts into a slender, small-space fitting container garden! When you look creatively, almost anything can be used as a container to grow plants in.
A nod to the vertical tower method of growing As a simple elevated planter, use them cut to your desired length by sinking the pipe into the ground to the desired height, add soil and plant.
You can be very creative and have them at different heights in beds to add visual interest too!
On my balcony you will see that I have grown two Isabella Grape vines in 2 drain pipes that have been slotted into the very narrow space between a corrugated metal bed and the permanent raised bed on the balcony.
A piece of PVC drain pipe cut down to the height that suits your space will allow you to grow vegetables, vines and flowers in very tight spaces such as that pictured above! The pipe also acts as a barrier against weeds and importantly, will fit in that difficult, narrow spot where soil cannot be built up and plants need to be raised to access sunlight and air. You can also use pieces of terracotta pipe for this purpose too. Just remember that terracotta will pull alot of moisture out of the soil.
Here's how I installed it on my Balcony:
If you select a pipe with a large enough diameter you could sink a Terracotta Spike in there to provide a simple watering solution for your seedlings or small plant. My Grapevines are surface watered.
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Some simple words of truth about maximising your space in a small space garden situation. Sharing the love of small space growing with the clients of APIA Australia recently talking about how to build a thriving garden on your balcony. The most common gardening myth is that you need space to build a garden - let's bust that myth!