Once in a while I get creative around my garden. The inspiration, no doubt, comes from the several gardening blogs that I read . Well, in 2009 I read a blogpost about using a PVC as a planter. The idea of having so many plants in a compact space made sense! I never really got around to actually making it happen but that post never really left my mind. Since I had two pipes lying around our shed, I thought I’d put one to good use. In April, the idea became a reality. Although I thought of several other plants I knew I had to choose one that would not crave for attention all the time. Finally I chose the sunset bells/Chrysothemis pulchella. It helped that they were sprouting all across my garden, their shiny dark leaves making a statement against the rest of the (mostly) green foliage that I have.
Here’s how the PVC looked the day the sunset bells were planted. I used that wonderfully rich black soil from the Brahmaputra. When certain areas of the river turn shallow in winter, the soil from the river bed is collected and sold in nurseries across town. I mixed the soil with compost and some cow manure. The photo below shows the smaller pipe with several perforations. That goes right in the middle of the large pipe. The idea is that when you water the plants through the small pipe (no soil goes in here) the water will seep through all the openings onto the plants. But I’ve found out that it doesn’t quite work that way. The water goes much too fast so now I prefer to spray water on all the plants. It’s so hot now that I need to spritz the leaves at least twice a day. From the photo above you can see the signs of the soil getting washed away. The first week I was extra careful with the watering.
Drilling the holes was tough but one of my off-and-on helpers did a good job and I’m quite happy with the way the ‘tower’ is looking.
Most of the sunset bells are doing well and in another fortnight or so, the dominant colours in these plants will be the vivid oranges and yellows. Hmm…now that I still have another PVC lying in the shed, I’m thinking… a towering herb garden would be nice. What do you say?:)
To see Tina’s (In the Garden) post that inspired me, here’s the link.