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Got some gravel put down all along the space between the sidewalk and the fence on the weekend and was trying to figure out how I could grow some sweet peas along the fence.
I went to Home Dept and got a length of PVC pipe and cut it into 6 in (more or less) lengths. Cleared the gravel down to the newspaper, and punched the pipe through the newspaper, then stomped it a bit further down. Pushed the gravel back around it. Filled the pipe lengths with potting soil and planted my sweet pea seeds.
Has anyone ever done this? Did it work?
I'm wondering if I can keep it damp enough but not too damp inside the pipe until the plants get roots into the ground proper.
What are your thoughts ladies? (Besides the fact that gravel is really, really heavy!)
Good job! I have found that I soak seeds till it has a tail then i gently plant. this way I don't guess for the germination. Of course if you needed to do 300 it would be a pain but...
This grow OP would be good to apply to other things too! I'm thinking in my stream bed I could do some crawing annuals to carpet some areas and they may look like water glistening. Like Diacondra Falls.both the emerald and silver. you could do waves of color!
It's so nice to know that I might have come up with something useful that others can use.
One of my grandkids (I think) suggested a collar of foil on the tubes to help prevent overheating - though with all the rain, I don't think that's a problem right now and hopefully the plants own leaves will shade the tube eventually.
That is a great set up which you have described.
I may just copy it at some point.
I have alpine plants which I grow directly in gravel.
This is because I could not afford all the rocks for the alpine garden so it was suggested that I scoop out soil and replace it with gravel.
Most of the time I use the traction sand which I had in the car trunk over the winter.
Great update info thank you!
Caroline I too use my car sand and I just found bags of Turkey grit that is the right size for Alpines and It was only 6.00 for a 50 lbs bag. Had the young man load it and then got it out a small bucket at a time after I opened the bag.
Good Idea to only do the spot you are planting!